The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747


A Title 11 Guardianship Attorney helps you help a loved one who can no longer manage on their own. A Guardianship Attorney can help you effectively direct an individual’s assets and/or personal care where a valid power of attorney does not exist or is no longer sufficient. A Guardianship Attorney protects elderly and disabled individuals from being taken advantage of or from any mismanagement of their assets and personal affairs

If a proper Durable Power of Attorney is not in place, a Guardianship may be necessary to help a loved one who can no longer manage their finances and healthcare decisions on their own.  Our office can help you effectively direct the incapacitated person’s assets and/or personal care.

There is an incapacity standard that differs from State to State, but generally is determined by the capacity, or lack their of, of the individual to make decisions for themselves.

A family member or friend can petition the court to become guardian, as long as they complete the required guardianship training and the court considers them to be qualified. In Spokane County there is an online training program as well as an in-person training requirement. You will find more information about the training requirements at:

After someone is appointed as guardian, they will be required to submit yearly reports. These reports detail how the guardian handled the incapacitated person’s finances, and how they have provided for the care of the incapacitated person, as well as proof of the quality of care. This court oversight ensures that the incapacitated person’s best interest are in place.

You can trust our staff to help you every step of the way in setting up a guardianship for a loved one.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce