Elderlaw and Guardianship Law

How to Apply for Guardianship in Dallas County | Ellen Williamson

How to Apply for Guardianship in Dallas County

This article was originally published by UNT Dallas College of Law on January 1, 2020. The process to apply for permanent guardianship in Dallas County can often be a complicated process.The process for applying in Dallas County is as follows: 1. The applicant files an application for appointment of permanent guardianship with the certificate of […]

Overview of Guardianship | Ellen Williamson

An Overview of Guardianship

This article was originally published by UNT Dallas College of Law on January 1, 2020. Guardianships can be granted by a court when an individual requires assistance handling their personal or financial affairs. What is a guardian? A guardian is a person appointed by a court to manage the person, estate, or both, of an […]

New Guardianship Requirements

This article was originally printed in Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, December 2018 On June 1, 2018, new statewide guardianship requirements took effect for those seeking to be appointed as a guardian. These new requirements are administered through the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC), the state agency tasked with overseeing guardians and guardianship programs. The new […]

Revised Durable Power of Attorney Act

Many sign a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) in order to name an agent to handle their finances in case of future illness or incapacity. On November, 1, 2017, the Texas Legislature revised the Texas Durable Power of Attorney Act. The revisions address a frustrating and common problem encountered by Texans attempting to act under […]

Estate Planning | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath | Dallas, TX

Capacity to sign

Different legal actions require different levels of mental capacity to be valid.  For example, the level of mental capacity required to sign a will, referred to as “testamentary capacity,” is lower than the level of capacity required to sign a contract, called “contractual capacity.” The various standards are discussed below. Capacity to Sign a Will […]

Estate Planning | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

Do I Need a Will?

One of the most common misunderstandings about estate planning is the belief that it is only for the wealthy. Anyone who owns property of any kind has an estate. Basic estate planning is an important component of an organized and responsible life, whether or not your estate is large enough to be subject to federal […]

Liza Farrow-GIllespie | Farrow-GIllespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

Power of attorney liability

A person (“agent”) holding a power of attorney for another person (the “principal”) must act with the utmost degree of loyalty to the principal.  The agent must avoid being involved in any transaction which benefits, or even which potentially benefits, the agent. That rule of law was enforced once again in 2015 by the Texas […]