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An update on COVID-19 Precautions
 
In response to concerns about coronavirus in North Texas, we are minimizing face-to-face contact for your safety and peace of mind. Since most interactions, including consultations, can be handled by phone or email, we request that you assist us in limiting in-person contact unless you require a personal meeting. Will executions continue to be handled in the office while maintaining as safe a distance as possible. For those concerned about payments, we can accept payments via phone and mailed checks.
 
The welfare of our staff and clients is of utmost importance, as is continuing to provide the highest level of legal service. Thank you for allowing us to assist you and others in this time of uncertainty.

Guiding You Through Complex Legal Matters

Guiding You Through Complex Legal Matters

Not all guardianships are the same

| Feb 16, 2021 | Firm News

A guardian is responsible for the health and welfare of another. Guardians are mostly associated with an adult caring for a child after a parent’s passing. 

Under Texas law, a guardianship may extend to another adult. There are circumstances when petitioning the court to become the guardian of a parent is in that person’s best interest. Find out more about the types of guardianships the court may award. 

Personal guardianship

When an adult becomes a ward, it means he or she cannot make sound decisions. Instead of allowing others to take advantage of the person in this fragile state, the court appoints a guardian. A personal guardianship grants the person in charge the right to make all personal decisions regarding the ward. These include situations such as: 

  • Where the ward lives 
  • Whether or not the ward files for divorce 
  • How the ward’s medical treatment proceeds 
  • Whether the ward may travel or not 

A guardian must remain focused on what is right for the ward in taking any action on his or her behalf. 

Estate guardianship

The court may grant someone financial authority over a ward who cannot handle his or her affairs. The court proceeds with caution since financial abuse is one of the most common crimes committed against an incapable adult. The estate guardian pays all the ward’s bills, buys and sells assets as necessary for the ward’s continued care, and may apply for Medicaid and other applicable government assistance for the ward. 

A judge may only grant guardianship for 60 days at a time or permanently. The ward’s condition and the relationship of the guardian may dictate how long the arrangement continues and what elements it will contain.