A legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
In Texas, “a legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons from abuse, neglect, and exploitation” is known as guardianship. Texas recognizes the following types of guardianship:
Guardian of the Person – responsible for the day-to-day needs of the ward. Generally, this person will make decisions for personal and medical care, and make decisions considered to be in the best interests of the ward.
Guardian of the Estate – the person designated to handle the financial interests of the ward. In some cases, they may be the same person designated as guardian of the person, in other cases, separate guardians may be appointed.
Guardian of Minor Children – a guardian is appointed to a child under very specific circumstances including when a child inherits money or when the parents have given up parental rights to the child. In the event the child inherits money from a deceased family member, the parents are not automatically assumed to be guardians of the estate. If one parent should die, the other parent automatically is considered the child’s guardian except in extenuating circumstances.
Alternatives to Guardianship
Because of the time and expense involved in guardianship, in some cases, it may be a better idea to explore alternatives. We help those who have concerns about a loved one investigate other options including:
- Money Management Programs
- Assisted Living Placement
- Supported Decision-Making
- Power of Attorney and Medical Power of Attorney
- Management Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
When you are concerned that a loved one may be vulnerable to exploitation, we can provide you with information about the guardianship process, and the options available in Texas. Contact Carrillo|Sipes|Tibbels in the Decatur, Texas. We have helped families across North Texas, including Wise, Jack, Montague, Denton, and Tarrant Counties, make the best decisions for their loved ones.
“Mr. Carrillo took charge and saved my child and i from some pretty shady dealings from two lawyers representing the other parent. His ethics and tenacious efforts and willingness to work with me financially will never be forgotten and i recommend his services to any one in need of family law services.”