On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, F+B Managing Partner Don D. Ford III was invited to testify to the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. He was there testifying as a representative of the Texas Guardianship Certification Board, which was created by legislative action in 2005. Mr. Ford provided the committee with background as to the Board’s purpose and function, and he discussed the Board’s accomplishments since its inception.
During the testimony, Mr. Ford answered questions from committee members regarding the challenges that the Board has faced in overseeing guardianship in the State of Texas. He likewise offered the Board’s recommendations for the committee’s future considerations.
The Texas Guardianship Certification Board was created in 2005 to establish and enforce rules for certifying private professional guardians in the State of Texas. Texas is one of only 10 states in the country that has dedicated the resources to attempting to ensure quality in guardianship services for elderly people in the community, and the GCB currently has over 350 private professional guardians in Texas.
The Committee took the opportunity to ask Mr. Ford some general questions regarding guardianships and recent trends in guardianships. Among those issues was the fact that guardianships are not handled consistently across the state of Texas. Instead, guardianship cases can be handled in different types of courts with different skill levels of judges depending on the County in which the incapacitated person lives.