guardianship & private professional guardian
If your parent or loved one is no longer able to care for themselves including their finances, their daily routines, or is no longer able to make medical decisions, a guardianship may be an option.
Whether your parent has dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or had a stroke, contact Brian to help guide you through the legal system.
If your minor has “aged out” and, due to a mental or developmental disability, cannot accomplish their activities of daily living, Brian may be able to help.
A guardianship is the legal process where a Court takes away some or all of a person’s legal ability to make their own decisions and appoints either a guardian of the person or a guardian of the estate, or both, to help take care of that loved one.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed substantial reforms to guardianship law that require the Court to consider “least restrictive alternatives” and “supports and services” prior to granting any guardianship.
A Private Professional Guardian is appointed by the Court when no family member is qualified, willing to serve, or the Court finds it would be in the best interest of the protected person that someone other than a family member serves as the Guardian. Guardianships consist of two parts: Guardianship of the Person and Guardianship of the Estate. Typically, the Private Professional Guardian is a neutral, third-party. Every Guardianship is different. Attorneys involved in the case may recommend a Private Professional Guardian, but the Court makes the ultimate decision.
Less than 1% of attorneys licensed in the State of Texas are certified by the Judicial Branch Certification Committee as Private Professional Guardians. As a Private Professional Guardian, Brian is required to uphold certain standards and must perform certain continuing education.
As a client in the process of gaining guardianship of your family member, let Brian’s experience work for you!