Guardianship is something that typically arises out of necessity in Texas. For example, if a child's parents are both killed or pass away, a guardian will need to be appointed for that child. A guardian doesn't just care for the child in question, though; the guardian is also responsible for caring for the child's inherited assets and making legal decisions. The child, in these cases, is named as a ward of the guardian.
The best interests of the minor are vital in cases where a guardian must be appointed. A guardian can be chosen by the ward, could be a parent or other relative or could be a state employee or other person familiar with the ward. If a parent is still alive, the parent will be the first person considered as the guardian of the child. If the parent isn't fit to parent the child for whatever reason, another guardian will have to be chosen.