When a child turns age 18 in Texas, he or she is legally an adult and has the right to make his or her own financial and medical decisions. This can create an issue for parents of children with a developmental disability.
At Kennedy & Jackson in Houston, Texas, our attorneys help parents through the legal process of becoming the guardian of an adult disabled child. Both Thomas Kennedy and David Jackson are board-certified specialists in both probate law and estate planning.
DO I NEED TO BECOME MY CHILD’S GUARDIAN?
Even though you are the child’s parent, you lose the right to make financial and medical decisions for your child when he or she turns age 18. To continue to have the legal authority to make those decisions, you must become your child’s guardian.
There are specific criteria the court will use to determine whether a person is disabled for purposes of guardianship. Our lawyers will help you gather the required information. We will work to expedite the process in a crisis when it is necessary for the court to intervene to protect your child from physical or financial harm.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY CHILD IF BOTH PARENTS DIE?
A guardianship designation in a will or trust allows parents of a disabled adult child to name in advance the person who will assume guardian responsibilities for the child in the event of the death of both parents.
CONTACT A GUARDIANSHIP OF DISABLED ADULT CHILDREN LAW FIRM IN HOUSTON
To schedule an appointment with one of our guardianship lawyers, call 713-783-7444 or send us an email. Our law office is located in the Galleria area of Houston, with free on-site parking available next to our office building. We provide a complimentary and confidential consultation to all new potential clients.