Guardianship & ad litem certification - by Daniel L. O’Neil

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on 03 March 2016
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Guardianship comes up most often for parents seeking to obtain guardianship of a disabled child turning 18 years old, or adult children seeking to help an elderly parent. As of September 1, 2015 any attorney filing an application for guardianship must be certified by the State Bar of Texas. 

This certification is provided following an approved 4 hour continuing legal education (“CLE”) course.

This is how I spent my Friday to further expand our services and support for the community – our coursework consisted of alternatives & support services, establishing a guardianship & service of unknown/missing parties, role of the guardian/attorney ad litem, Medicaid & guardianship, guardianship & mental health commitment, and administration of a guardianship.

Since Frye, Oaks, Benavidez & O’Neil, PLLC is an Equal Access to Justice Champion (and you can view our trophy from the Houston Bar Association [“HBA”] sitting in our lobby next time you come in!) I am also using my new skill set to expand my services offered for the neediest and most vulnerable members of our community that are eligible based on federal poverty guidelines to receive pro bono legal assistance. In addition to offering estate planning and divorce services pro bono for the HIV/AIDS community I am now also taking on a pro bono guardianship case from the broader Harris County community.

Note: Sal Benavidez took this coursework in 2015 just after the law change, and was already certified by the State Bar of Texas to serve as an Ad Litem in guardianship proceedings. So now after today you have two options for all of your ad litem needs!

Frye, Oaks, Benavidez & O’Neil, PLLC – assisting you with your family’s lifetime legal needs to protect your family and your business.