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Types of Adult Guardianship Practiced in Texas

Adult guardianship in Texas occurs when a settlement is arranged in front of the court between the guardian and the ward. In the case of Texas guardianship for adults, the ward is the adult who needs help to look after and manage his financial and personal affairs. Here, the court intervenes because the adult or the ward is incapable of looking after his assets due to mental incompetency or lack of communication.

As is known by all, the texas guardianship law states that it is a serious responsibility, and the powers and functions of the guardian depend on the type of guardianship that he or she is bestowed with.

Decisions that guardians can make

The one who gets the guardianship can make the following decisions on behalf of the ward:

  • Determine where the ward will live
  • Get the ward admitted to the hospital when he or she falls sick
  • Consent to medical treatment of the ward on his behalf
  • Allow ward to travel or forbid travel plans
  • Right to file divorce case or refrain from it
  • Access non-financial rights

Kinds of adult guardianship

Given below are the different types of adult texas guardianship that are practiced:

  1. Full guardianship

Being a full guardian means exercising those rights that a parent does to a child. However, the guardian is subject to some legal obligations. Also, the guardian cannot take or admit the ward to a mental hospital by making decisions independently.

  1. Limited guardianship

Compared to a full guardian, a limited guardian has restricted authority to exercise on the ward. The court highlights these restrictions along with guardianship. For example, if the court deems fit, it may allow the ward to get married and settle or give the ward the right to vote.

  1. Guardianship of the estate

When a person becomes a guardian of the estate, he has to manage the financial aspects of the ward. In this case, strict supervision is levied on the guardians as they are subject to abuse that may arise due to disputes between the ward and the guardian.

  1. Limited guardianship of the estate

The guardianship of the estate and the limited guardianship of the estate is more or less similar. What makes the latter slightly different from the former is limited guardianship. Certain factors are to be decided by the ward.

  1. Guardianship of both the person and the estate

As the name suggests, guardianship, in this case, is bestowed both on the ward and on his estate. Here, the guardian is given the right to decide on matters regarding the estate on behalf of the ward.

  1. Temporary guardianship

Since it takes time to establish a permanent guardianship, a temporary guardianship in Texas has been legalized to meet emergencies. The tenure of a temporary guardianship is 60 days. During this time, one has to look for permanent guardianship.


Thus, several guardianship applications are presented at the Texas court. Few get chosen, and a few don’t. If one needs guardianship, he must follow the rules and the eligibility criteria as pointed out by the Texas court.

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