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What types of adult guardianship does Texas recognize?

As more and  more aging Texans require some form of help, people continue to seek for ways to provide this help and care for these sometimes vulnerable persons. A professional guardianship is one way of doing this.

According to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the somewhat extreme nature of a guardianship makes it recommended that people first explore and exhaust other means of caring for and protecting an elderly person. When no other viable options are discovered, then a guardianship may be pursued. There are different types of guardianship that the state outlines. The two basic types are guardianship over a person's estate and guardianship over an actual person.

A guardianship over an estate may give the guardian the ability to control a ward's assets. This could include investing money, buying and selling items, entering into contracts, paying bills and more. A guardianship over a person may give the guardian the ability to control an individual's rights such as where the ward may or may not go, who the ward may or may not see or socialize with and where the ward may or may not live. A personal guardianship also gives control over care for medical or psychological needs. Both of these types of guardianships may offer full control or limited control to be outlined by the court.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Texas residents an overview of how adult guardianships work in the state and when they may be necessary.

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