In the state of Texas, a guardianship is typically associated with children who don’t have parents to look out for them. However, there are times when an adult might need to be appointed a guardian. A guardianship can help adults look after themselves and maintain some independence while still receiving assistance with important duties.
What are the types of guardianship?
The guardian might be appointed different duties depending on the situation. A guardianship could be temporary or it could last for the rest of the individual’s life. Here’s a rundown of the different types of guardianship:
- Guardian of the person: This involves making personal decisions for the individual, including choosing a place for them to live, finding the appropriate medical care and deciding whether they should be allowed to drive.
- Guardian of the estate: This involves taking care of financial responsibilities like buying property, paying off bills and paying for living expenses.
- Guardian of the person and estate: This involves taking care of the individual’s personal and financial responsibilities.
- Temporary guardianship: This involves making personal or financial decisions on an individual’s behalf for a limited amount of time.
Each type of guardianship can be full or limited. A guardian might be limited to specific powers or might have full control over the individual’s life and estate. If you want to be a guardian for someone, consider speaking with an experienced attorney.
How can a guardian be appointed?
If you have a loved one who has difficulty taking care of themselves, you might want to talk an attorney about appointing a guardian. Having a guardian take care of the responsibilities could allow them to continue living at home and maintain as much independence as possible. They might even recover, depending on the circumstances.