Southlake Guardianship Attorney
Seek Guardianship of a Loved One in Southlake, TX?
At the Law Office Of Mark M. Childress, we understand that the decision to pursue guardianship is never an easy one. Whether you are seeking guardianship for a minor child, an incapacitated adult, or a loved one with special needs, our experienced guardianship attorneys in Southlake are here to guide you through every step of the process.
We offer a wide range of guardianship services, including:
- Minor Guardianship: If you are seeking guardianship of a minor child, we can help you navigate the complex legal requirements involved in obtaining and maintaining guardianship.
- Adult Guardianship: If you are seeking guardianship of an incapacitated adult, we can help you understand the legal options available to you and guide you through the guardianship process.
- Special Needs Guardianship: If you have a loved one with special needs, we can help you establish a guardianship arrangement that meets their unique needs and offers them the highest level of care and protection.
Texas Guardianship Laws
Guardianship is a legal arrangement in which a person (the guardian) is appointed by a court to make decisions and provide care for another individual (the ward) who is unable to make these decisions for themselves due to various reasons, such as incapacity or disability. The purpose of guardianship is to protect the well-being and interests of individuals who are unable to do so themselves.
In Texas, any adult who is qualified and suitable can potentially serve as a guardian. This includes family members, friends, or even professional guardians. However, the court will prioritize appointing family members or close friends as guardians, assuming they are willing and capable of fulfilling the role.
There are two main types of guardianship: guardianship of a person and guardianship of an estate. Guardianship of a person grants authority to the guardian to make decisions about the ward's personal care, medical treatment, and living arrangements, while guardianship of an estate empowers the guardian to manage the ward's financial affairs and assets.
Texas also has specific provisions for guardianship of minors when their parents are unable or unfit to care for them. This is often referred to as "guardianship of the person" for minors.
The process of appointing a guardian typically involves the following steps:
- Filing a guardianship application with the appropriate court.
- Providing notice to interested parties, including the potential ward and their family.
- A hearing where the court evaluates the need for guardianship, the qualifications of the proposed guardian, and the best interests of the ward.
- If the court approves the guardianship, the guardian is issued legal authority and responsibilities.
In Texas, guardians have various duties, including acting in the best interests of the ward, managing the ward's finances responsibly, making medical and personal decisions on the ward's behalf, and regularly reporting to the court about the ward's well-being.
Guardianships in Texas are subject to ongoing court oversight. This means that the guardian must provide regular reports to the court about the ward's condition, finances, and living situation. The court can also investigate complaints or concerns about the guardian's actions.
Lastly, guardianship in Texas can be terminated if the ward regains capacity, passes away, or if the court determines that guardianship is no longer necessary or in the ward's best interests.
Why Choose Us?
At the Law Office Of Mark M. Childress, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of legal representation and support. We understand that guardianship can be a complex and emotionally challenging process, and we are committed to providing compassionate and effective guidance to every client we serve.
Our team has extensive experience in all areas of guardianship law, and we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest legal developments and trends. We work closely with our clients to develop customized guardianship solutions that meet their unique needs and goals, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
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TransparencyHonesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.
At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.
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