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Guardianship of adult: Roles, responsibilities and limitations

Being appointed a guardian of an adult is a significant job. With it there comes numerous responsibilities and certain limitations. If you are considering taking on a guardianship, it is normal to have questions about what your role will be in the life of the individual placed in your care. This week's column will address some the most common questions Texas residents may have about guardianships.

If you are made a guardian over an adult, what exactly will your role be in his or her life? Before taking on this responsibility, it is wise to know what will be expected of you and the impact it will have on your life and the life of the person placed in your care. The roles and responsibilities of a guardian are many. These include:

  • Provide for everyday needs
  • Advocate for legal rights
  • Make medical care and treatment decisions
  • Handle financial affairs
  • Ensure a safe and appropriate living environment

Are there any limitations placed on guardians? The short answer is yes. Being named a guardian over an adult does not give you the power to do whatever you want, as there will be certain things you will and will not be permitted to do. If you are granted guardianship over an adult, what you will be allowed to do will be included in your letter of appointment. Anything beyond what is included in that document will require the approval of the court.

There is nothing easy about taking on a guardianship position. It is something that can take a toll on your life if you are not fully prepared for all that it entails. To learn more about guardianships in Texas and to get any other questions you may have answered, please take a moment to visit our firm's website.

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