The Different Types of Guardianships

Guardianship of the Person and/or Estate

In the legal world, a Guardianship is separated into two parts.  In essence one person has two identities. In order to determine the type of Guardianship someone needs, we must consider the two identities, Guardianship of the Person and Guardianship of the Estate. 

Guardian of the Person

The first identity is what we call the "Person."  Is someone able to care for their personal needs, such as feeding themself, clothing themself and taking care of their personal hygiene?  Are they able to understand and make their own medical decisions?  Are they able to decide where they live, if they drive a car, vote, do their own shopping, etc.?  Are you getting the idea?  

Guardian of the Estate

The next identity is what we call the "Estate."  Is the person able to take care of their finances?  Are they able to pay their own bills?  Are they able to properly pay the yard guy or able to write their own checks and keep track of them?

Are You Concerned About The Financial Well-Being And Care Of A Loved One?

If you have a family member or loved one that you want to ensure is taken care of you need to speak with an attorney experienced in the guardianship processContact us online or call our Dallas office directly at 214.559.7202.

Lori Ashmore Peters
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