How much can guardians be paid and how is it determined?

State law gives DSHS the ability to set the maximum amount of fees it will allow for guardians and attorneys. In the WAC the Department set the maximum amount as $175/month for guardians and $600 for costs and attorney fees over a three year period. In order to pay guardians for occasionally performing “extraordinary” services, the WAC gives the court discretion to award “just and reasonable” fees in excess of the $175/$600 amounts.