When someone is disabled and unable to care for themselves, or their property and finances, a guardianship may be necessary.
A guardianship can be created upon the application of any person. The court can appoint someone to be a guardian over a disabled person and/or a guardian over the disabled person’s money and property (estate). Probate courts have jurisdiction over guardianship proceedings and an individual applying to become someone else’s guardian must be represented by a lawyer who is certified to counsel and represent individuals in guardianship proceedings.
Recently, there have been many changes in Texas law concerning guardianship that have caused Texas courts to take additional precautions before creating guardianships and appointing guardians. For example, the new Texas guardianship laws encourage individuals who are considering guardianship for a disabled person to first consider and implement available alternatives to guardianship.
Attorney Adriane S. Grace is certified to represent individuals in guardianship proceedings and is prepared to advise and represent clients throughout the guardianship process. Attorney Adriane S. Grace offers the following services concerning guardianship and counsel on alternatives to guardianship:
- Application for Guardian of the Person and/or Guardian of the Estate
- Special Needs Trusts
- Court-created management trusts for disabled individuals or minor children receiving a substantial inheritance
- Supported Decision-Making Agreement
- Advice and counsel concerning available supports and services, and public benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security
- Trust modifications for individuals needing to qualify for public benefits.
Contact Attorney Adriane S. Grace today for any questions about these services.