Texas Guardianship Law
EVALUATION OF GUARDIANSHIP
TEXAS ESTATES CODE, TITLE 3. SUBTITLE F. CHAPTER 1201.
REVIEW OF GUARDIANSHIP
§ 1201.001. DETERMINING GUARDIAN'S PERFORMANCE OF DUTIES.
The court shall use reasonable diligence to determine whether a guardian is performing all of the duties required of the guardian that relate to the guardian's ward.
§ 1201.002. ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF GUARDIANSHIP; BOND OF GUARDIAN.
(a) At least annually, the judge shall examine the well-being of each ward of the court and the solvency of the bond of the guardian of the ward's estate.
(b) If after examining the solvency of a guardian's bond as provided by Subsection (a) the judge determines that the guardian's bond is not sufficient to protect the ward or the ward's estate, the judge shall require the guardian to execute a new bond.
(c) The judge shall notify the guardian and the sureties on the guardian's bond as provided by law.
§ 1201.003. JUDGE'S LIABILITY.
A judge is liable on the judge's bond to those damaged if damage or loss results to a guardianship or ward because of the gross neglect of the judge to use reasonable diligence in the performance of the judge's duty under this subchapter.
§ 1201.004. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.
(a) The court may request an applicant or court-appointed fiduciary to produce other information identifying an applicant, ward, or guardian, including a social security number, in addition to identifying information the applicant or fiduciary is required to produce under this title.
(b) The court shall maintain any information required under this section, and the information may not be filed with the clerk.
ANNUAL DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE, MODIFY, OR TERMINATE GUARDIANSHIP
§ 1201.051. APPLICABILITY.
This subchapter does not apply to a guardianship that is created only because it is necessary for a person to have a guardian appointed to receive funds from a governmental source.
§ 1201.052. ANNUAL DETERMINATION.
To determine whether a guardianship should be continued, modified, or terminated, the court in which the guardianship proceeding is pending:
(1) shall review annually each guardianship in which the application to create the guardianship was filed after September 1, 1993; and
(2) may review annually any other guardianship.
§ 1201.053. METHOD OF DETERMINATION.
(a) In reviewing a guardianship under Section 1201.052, a statutory probate court may:
(1) review any report prepared by:
(A) a court investigator under Section 1054.153 or 1202.054;
(B) a guardian ad litem under Section 1202.054; or
(C) a court visitor under Section 1054.104;
(2) conduct a hearing; or
(3) review an annual account prepared under Subchapter A, Chapter 1163, or a report prepared under Subchapter C, Chapter 1163.
(b) A court that is not a statutory probate court may use any method to review a guardianship under Section 1201.052 that is determined appropriate by the court according to the court's caseload and available resources.
§ 1201.054. FORM OF DETERMINATION.
A determination under this subchapter must be in writing and filed with the clerk.