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“Guardianship is a legal method used to protect a person's well-being when he or she cannot protect themselves. A guardian is a court-appointed person or entity that makes decisions on behalf of a person with diminished capacity.” Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

A patient may only need help with certain types of decisions or activities, so s/he may not need a court-appointed guardian. For example, a patient may not be able to manage money, so a power of attorney limited to financial matters may be helpful.  For certain types of government benefits, a trusted family member/friend can be appointed as representative payee to manage the money for the patient.  Some patients may only need to designate someone through a durable power of attorney for health care to make decisions about health care if the patient becomes unable to do so for his/herself.

Resources

“Guardianship for Texans with Disabilities”

Disability Rights Texas

“Guardianship”

Texas Project FIRST

Texas Guardianship Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Guardianship Alternatives

“Protecting the Incapacitated: A Guide to Guardianship in Texas from Application to Oath”

 http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/general-public/family-law

Legal Assistance

“Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans”

https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Can_t_Afford_an_Attorney_

Lawyer Referral Information Service

1-800-252-9690 

If you do not qualify for legal aid, this may be a resource. Through the Lawyer Referral Information Service, a person may have a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney for $20. At the end of the consultation, the attorney and individual may discuss possible representation and price structure. Please understand that the Lawyer Referral Information Service is not a pro bono or reduced-fee program.  You should ask for a referral to an attorney who handles guardianship matters. 

TexasLawHelp

www.TexasLawHelp.org is a website where low-income Texans can find information about their civil legal issues and find out about free legal assistance in their area. 

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

1-888-529-5277

Serves 114 TX counties, including the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area and NorthWest Texas. They have offices in 15 cities. In order to obtain the numbers to each city office, go to https://internet.lanwt.org/en-us

Lone Star Legal Aid

1-800-733-8394 
www.lonestarlegal.org

Serves the Houston area and East Texas (72 counties).

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

www.trla.org
1-888-988-9996

Serves the Austin/ San Antonio area, El Paso area, and South Texas.  

Guardianship Program - Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/faqs-fact/guardianship.html

The ARC of Texas

http://www.thearcoftexas.org

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