I attended the Texas Bar’s annual Advanced Guardianship Seminar in Dallas yesterday, April 16. Hot topics included the conflicts between Texas guardianship law and federal medicaid eligibility requirements, along with case law and legislative updates.
A guardianship can become necessary in Texas for a person who becomes physically or mentally incapacitated. It is very restrictive in that the guardian needs court approval before taking many actions on behalf of the ward. A power of attorney is a more flexible and less costly alternative in some circumstances. However, powers of attorney also provide opportunity for the unscrupulous – often including a close family member – to steal large sums of money, including the transfer of financial accounts.
I attended the live presentation. The bar will present video replays in Austin on May 14 and in Houston on May 21.