Helping Clients Gain the Legal Authority to Care for Their Loved Ones
If a member of your family is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself, you may wish to consider establishing a guardianship. This legal proceeding will give you the authority to act on behalf of your loved one and protect his or her rights and interests.
At the law firm of Stephanie Townsend Allala + Associates, our El Paso guardianship attorneys help clients throughout West Texas establish and manage guardianships. We can explain your options and, if guardianship is appropriate for your situation, guide you through the process.
Understanding the Circumstances in Which Guardianship Is Appropriate
In Texas, a guardianship can be established over the person, giving the guardian the authority to make personal care decisions, and over the estate, giving the guardian the authority to make financial decisions. Guardianships are primarily used in two types of circumstances:
- Adults who become incapacitated: If your parent, your spouse or another loved one has become incapacitated as a result of Alzheimer's, dementia, coma, drug addiction or another medical condition, it may be necessary to establish a guardianship. A guardianship may not be necessary if the person has executed a valid power of attorney prior to incapacity.
- Incapacitated children who turn 18: If your child has Down syndrome or another developmental delay and is about to turn 18, you may wish to pursue a guardianship in order to continue to have the legal authority to care for him or her. This can only be established if you can demonstrate to the court that your child lacks legal capacity.
Adult Guardianship Attorneys · Midland, Odessa, Lubbock · 915-257-0420
Our lawyers can advise you on whether you should pursue a guardianship or whether there are other options available. To discuss your case, please contact us at 915-257-0420 or by e-mail to schedule a free half-hour consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.