People of all ages can benefit from creating a legal guardianship relationship, especially young children and disabled adults. When someone suffers major injuries in a car accident or becomes seriously ill, they often need a trusted individual to step in and manage critical matters for them. Your lawyer can draft this type of document as part of your overall estate plan.
It is important to keep in mind that guardianship status may be either temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances. Both young children and seriously ill adults may sometimes need a long-term guardian.
Exactly how is a legal guardianship created in Texas?
This legal relationship develops after court documents are filed indicating that someone referred to as a “ward” (who is “incapacitated” by age or physical disability) needs a person appointed by the court to properly manage his/her healthcare needs or financial affairs. The person appointed to care for the ward is referred to as the “guardian.”
What follows is a closer look at the four types of guardianships available in Texas and the categories of people often designated as guardians of children or adults. The key responsibilities these court-appointed parties must often handle are also detailed – along with alternatives to naming a guardian.
A closer look at the four guardianships currently available in Texas:
When the ward is a child, the adults most likely to be granted guardianship are named below, in the order they are likely to be considered.
It may be necessary for your Houston estate planning attorney to create one or more of the following documents to take the place of designating an appointed guardian in this state.
Please feel free to contact one of our Murray Lobb attorneys so we can answer all of your questions about your estate planning needs. Our firm is also available to provide you with legal advice regarding many other general business topics — and to draft a wide variety of contracts and other documents you need to transact business daily
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