Many families worry about a family member’s ability to maintain their independence, take care of themselves, and look at ways to protect their loved one’s interests. Guardianship for the individual may be a viable option, and a guardianship attorney can help you explore this option.
Establishing a Guardianship for a Loved One
A guardian is a legal representative appointed to care for the financial interests or personal needs of another. In Texas, guardianship restricts a person’s rights, so the process has strict guidelines to preserve the independence and agency of the ward.
A limited guardianship may either work with the individual to protect their financial interests or ensure that their daily needs are met, such as personal care and life tasks. Full guardianships give control over both health care and financial decisions for the individual, called a ward.
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How Does the Guardianship Process Work in Texas?
To prove your loved one’s need for a guardian, you need to have a medical evaluation of their ability to make sound financial decisions and advocate for their health care. If someone submits a guardianship application, the ward is served with legal documents, allowing them to hire a lawyer to represent them.
This legal representative is called the attorney ad litem. The potential guardian and ward both appear in court unless the ward cannot, medically or otherwise. The person seeking guardianship testifies why guardianship is necessary.
Becoming a guardian is a three-step process:
- Submit an application to the court
- Have a hearing before a judge that proves guardianship is necessary
- The judge appoints a guardian
Our law firm works with Plano families to understand how to protect their loved one’s interests, including alternatives to guardianship and when it’s necessary. We’ll also help you understand what to expect from the process.
Why Do I Need a Guardianship Attorney?
A guardianship attorney, helps you prepare for the guardianship hearing and advises you throughout the process. They help you understand your fiduciary responsibilities for your ward and how to protect them.
How Do I Choose a Guardianship Attorney?
There are several things that a good guardianship attorney should be able to do for you and your family, including:
- They should be experts in elder law and understand the guardianship process
- Helps your family feel comfortable about making the guardianship decision
- Communicates promptly and responds to your questions
- Advocates for your loved one’s interests and represents your family
Attorney Christene “Chris” Krupa Downs has nearly a decade of experience working with elder care and guardianship law . Trust our firm to put your family and loved ones’ needs first.
Krupa Downs Law, PLLC: Your Guardianship Attorney In Plano, Texas
Choosing to file for guardianship for an infirm or elderly loved one can be hard for many families, but it’s often in their best interests. At Krupa Downs Law, PLLC, we are committed to making this transition as easy as possible for you, your loved one, and your family. We work with families to determine the best course of action when their loved ones can no longer care for themselves without support.
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