Is A Guardianship Right For My Family?
A legal guardianship is a court-supervised administration for a minor or incapacitated person. The guardian is appointed by the Texas courts to care for the person or property of the minor or incapacitated person, who is referred to as a ward. If someone is appointed for the physical well-being of a ward, that appointed individual is a “guardian of the person.” Someone elected to take care of the ward’s property and finances is called a “guardian of the estate.”
Who Is Considered A Minor Or Incapacitated Person?
Anyone under 18 years old who is unmarried or has not had their disabilities of minority removed by judicial action is a minor. An incapacitated person is anyone with a physical or mental condition that causes them to be substantially unable to provide food, clothing, shelter, care for their physical health, or to manage their own financial affairs.
The Guardianship Process In Texas
Texas law has specific procedures in place to prove the need for guardianship and getting a guardian appointed. At Doehring & Doehring, we have the knowledge and experience to assist with guardian applications and the complicated process of seeking guardianship. Most courts will not entertain guardianship applications filed by non-lawyers.
We Can Help With Establishing Guardianship
Guardianships are complicated and expensive, but sometimes they are necessary. Guardianship laws are specifically designed to protect the rights and interests of the ward, and it does so by establishing procedures intended to assure guardian compliance with the rules. There are many challenges to a guardianship you may face — a trusted attorney can help review these issues with you.
The team at Doehring & Doehring is always available to answer any questions you may have. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation, contact us by using our easy online form or call our Houston, Texas, office at 866-456-2361.