Dossey & Jones Guardianship Attorneys
Experienced Guardianship Lawyers in The Woodlands, TX
Do you have a family member who has become mentally or physically incapacitated and is unable to take care of themselves? If so, it is highly advisable that you seek the legal guidance and representation of an experienced guardianship attorney who is familiar with all of the various aspects of guardianship law.
A court-supervised guardianship is something we strive to avoid if possible, but sometimes it is the best method to protect a loved one or family member who is incapacitated. Incapacity may result from a diminished mental capacity, or merely from the fact that they do not have legal authority to act on their own behalf – such as a minor. There are two types of guardianships – guardian of the estate and guardian of the person.
A guardian of the estate is the person appointed by the court to be responsible for the assets and finances of the ward. The guardian must file a bond as set by the court and file an annual accounting with the court detailing how the ward’s assets were spent during the past year. A guardian is not permitted to spend the ward’s assets without prior approval of the court.
A guardian of the person is the person appointed by the court to care for the health and well-being of the ward. A guardian of the person determines where the ward resides and what type of personal and medical attention is necessary. A guardian of the person must file an annual report with the court detailing the ward’s personal care.
We have experience in filing applications for guardianships, as well as assisting court-appointed guardians with the ongoing reporting requirements with the court. Our attorneys are routinely appointed by the court as a guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem to represent potential wards.
Our guardianship services may include the following:
Determining if there is a less restrictive alternative than a full court
administered guardianship, such as:
- Court created management trusts
- Powers of Attorney
- Selling property of minor without guardianship
- Supported decision-making agreements
- Helping you to decide who is qualified to serve as guardian and whether you need a guardianship of the person, guardianship of the estate, or both.
- Working with the court investigator and attorney ad litem assigned to your case.
- Helping you maintain your status as guardian by meeting the court filing deadlines for annual reports, annual accounts, inventories and applications for allowances.
Experienced and Competent Woodlands Guardianship Firm
Throughout the years we have been in practice, we have helped many individuals and families handle guardianship matters to provide you peace of mind that your family members are well taken care of. If you would like the opportunity to meet with one of our guardianship attorneys, we would be happy to offer you a confidential case evaluation. Most of our guardianship matters can be handled on a fixed fee basis, so you know the costs before we begin the process. We understand how difficult this time can be for you and your family, which is why we are here to help.
Fill out a case evaluation and provide us with the details of your situation for personalized advice or call Dossey& Jones, PLLC today at (281) 410-2792! Serving clients throughout Texas, including Montgomery County, Harris County, surrounding areas such as The Woodlands, Houston, Spring, Conroe, Huntsville, Tomball, and Montgomery.