A.   Common Situations: mental retardation,
Alzheimer’s dementia, multi-infarct dementia, Down’s
syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, closed head injuries,
chronic mental illness, excessive short term memory

B.  Guardianship Not Used:  treatable mental illness,
drug addiction, alcoholism, homelessness,
spendthrifts, persons receiving only social security
benefits (no Guardian of the Estate is necessary).

C.  Less Restrictive Alternatives:  Court Investigators
are to investigate the circumstances of each
application to determine if a less restrictive alternative
to guardianship is available.  
Here is some excellent
information on guardianship.  
This is to aid you in the
process and educate you in
your choice of attorney.  It is
not specific legal advice and
will not, by itself, constitute an
attorney / client relationship.  

Special thanks to Judge King
in the first Tarrant County
Probate Court, on whose
material this is largely based.

What is a Guardianship?

When is a Guardianship

How is a guardianship
started? And Who can serve
as Guardian?

How is a Guardianship
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