Texas Guardianship Lawyer
Guardianship is a probate court proceeding whereby an incapacitated adult is appointed a guardian to care for and make decisions regarding the adult who is unable to care for himself. Setting up guardianship for a loved one who has become incapacitated requires the proper filings and procedures through the probate court.
Sometimes families are in agreement as to who would be best be suited to serve as guardian. Other times, conflict among family members may arise as to appointment of a particular guardian. It is important to have a good understanding of the guardianship process before hiring a lawyer to assist with proceedings.
The Guardianship Process
An application for guardianship must be filled out and filed with the court. The application requires some basic information (name, age, gender, etc.) about both the guardian and the incapacitated person. In addition, the application requires descriptions of the relationship between the parties and the nature of the incapacitation. The person in need of the guardian (sometimes referred to as the "ward") is then given proper notice and the court must appoint another attorney to represent the ward's interests. Ultimately, the court hears the issues and merits associated with the appointment of a guardian and makes a decision about the appointment.
Guardianship proceedings can be a necessary means by which to protect a loved one that has become incapacitated. It is important to use a competent guardianship lawyer to navigate the process involved with having a guardian appointed for a ward. Feel free to use the form below to request a free consultation or call our office during regular business hours.