Help for Court-Appointed Guardians of the Estate

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This Guide was adapted from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (the "CFPB's") Managing Someone Else's Money guides. Texas Appleseed and AARP prepared this Guide to include information about Texas state law and resources. The CFPB has not reviewed or approved the content in this Guide, and the CFPB does not necessarily endorse the final product.

We would like to thank Baker Botts L.L.P. for their pro bono support in creating and updating this series of guides, including team leaders Justice Tom Phillips and Keri Brown, and team members Wade Allison, Benjamin Cohen-Kurzrock, Kate Dickinson, Emily Heasley, and Katie McEvilly.

We would also like to thank our Advisory Committee, whose expert guidance contributed greatly to the final guides: Bruce Bower, deputy director, Texas Legal Services Center; Judge Christine Butts, Harris County Probate Court No. 4; Bob Jackson, director, AARP Texas; Dean Helen Jenkins, South Texas College of Law; and David Slayton, executive director, Texas Office of Court Administration.

Texas Appleseed would like to thank the Consumer Federation of America, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, and J.P. Morgan Chase for their generous support of the online version of this toolkit.