In Texas, an individual may serve as a legal guardian in two types of circumstances. In instances of a minor losing a parent, or both parents, you may file guardianship over a child until they turn 18. The second circumstance is in instances of an adult who is incapaticated or cannot make decisions or take care of themselves. To understand more about guardianship in Texas, speak with an experienced lawyer for more information regarding your unique circumstances and what the process may entail.
At Stepp & Sullivan, we are dedicated to ensuring our clients are taken care of. With our diverse and expansive 70 years of combined experience, we are empowered to be better advocates for you. We offer a custom approach to your case and offer knowledgeable legal counsel to support your journey to guardianship. With our personalized legal strategies, we help you achieve your legal goals.
What is Guardianship in Texas?
Texas guardianship is a legal relationship created by the court between an individual who is appointed guardian and acts as another individual’s caretaker, also known as a ward. When a minor’s parents are unable to take care of them due to specific circumstances or death, or if an adult individual is unable to take care of themselves, guardianship may be needed. If granted guardianship, you may be able to legally make decisions for another person.
In Texas, the process to serve as a legal guardian will include the following:
- Filing an application with a court
- Having a hearing with a judge
- Filing a medical report with the court
- If appropriate, having a judge appoint a guardian
At Stepp & Sullivan, we are committed to providing aggressive advocacy both in and out of the courtroom. We may guide you through the guardianship process and provide skilled legal guidance so that you are informed every step of the way regarding your best options moving forward.
Who May Serve as a Legal Guardian in Texas?
A guardian is an individual who is legally appointed with the responsibility of ensuring that the adult or minor has all of the resources needed to live. Examples may include shelter, food, clothing, medicine, and other necessities.
If the ward is a minor, guardianship may be appointed to the following people:
- Surviving parent
- An individual that was designated for guardianship by the surviving parent
- Closest relative to the child after the parents, such as grandparents or aunts and uncles
- Other close kin
- A non-relative that the court deems an appropriate guardian
If the ward is an adult, guardianship may be appointed to the following:
- A person appointed by the ward prior to the incapacity
- Next of kin
- A non-relative appointed by the court
In instances where more than one person qualifies as a ward’s guardian, the court will decide which individual is most qualified to provide care. With the help of a skilled family law lawyer at Stepp & Sullivan, we will build a robust case to demonstrate your qualifications of caring for your ward and guide you through the complex guardianship process.
Contact Our Experienced Texas Guardianship Lawyers at Stepp & Sullivan
If you are interested in obtaining a guardianship in Texas, speak with the skilled family lawyers at Stepp & Sullivan for guidance in navigating the complex process. With 70 years of combined experience, we implement unique legal strategies and a personalized approach to your case so you may obtain a favorable outcome.
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