How Guardianships Help You Care For Your Family
When you are responsible for an incapacitated person, you are under an immense burden. There are many moments when you have no legal standing to help them. But it does not have to be that way.
I am attorney John Elliott, and I can help you attain guardianship of your incapacitated family members so that you can care for them in the way that they need. At my firm, Elliott Estate Law, PLLC, I guide clients across Greater Houston through the complicated guardianship process, including:
- Representing guardians of the person and estate from initiating the guardianship process, to administering the guardianship to closing the guardianship
- Establishing court created trusts
- Guardianship and court created trust accountings
- Alternatives to guardianship
I offer my experience as a certified estate planning and probate specialist and my compassion as we move forward.
A Brief Overview Of Guardianship
A guardianship under Texas law is a legal relationship between an incapacitated person and the person legally responsible for them. The incapacitated person is called a “ward.” Naturally, the person who cares for them is called their “guardian.” This is often an ideal situation for:
- Adult children with special needs
- A person who has suffered severe brain injuries
- An elder relative who is unable to perform day-to-day activities
- A person with severe mental illness
Guardianship is for legal adults, and guardians have a massive amount of control over their wards. For that reason, pursuing guardianship is not something to consider lightly.
How Do I Become Guardian For My Loved One?
To become a guardian, you must apply through the state. Once done, the state of Texas will require an investigator to look into the matter. That investigator will speak with:
- The proposed ward
- Medical providers
- Other family members
They will review the situation thoroughly before recommending that anyone become the guardian for the ward. Their primary concern is deciding what is in the incapacitated person’s best interests.
Reach Out To Learn More About Guardianship
The laws and restrictions around guardianships are complicated. You should not make any move without first knowing what is ahead. I will personally educate you on everything you need to understand about guardianship and advise you on how to best move forward, if necessary.