2011 Bills

2011 Legislation

The 82nd Texas Legislature ended its regular session May 30, 2011. All probate, guardianship and trust bills passed during the session have been signed by the Governor, and most become effective September 1, 2011. One bill in the first called session (SB 1) contains guardianship changes and, as of July 8, 2011, was awaiting the Governor's signature. Each bill affecting probate, guardianship and trust law is listed below. Click here to search for a particular bill, or use the list of topics and key words to the right to find legislation.

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All bills are labeled "Awaiting Governor's Signature," "Enacted," or "Did Not Pass."

Entries in notice (2)


Enacted-Effective 9/1/11: SB 220 -- Guardianships and DADS

Caption: Relating to guardianships, including the assessment of prospective wards for, and the provision of, guardianship services by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
Author:  Nelson
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Bill Text 

 Relevance:  Revises sections of the Probate Code regarding guardianship costs, notice, citation, removal and reinstatement of a guardian and permanent successor guardians.

See "Ad litem fees and attorneys' fees in guardianships: who pays?" on texasprobate.com.


x-Did Not Pass: HB 2744 -- Procedural changes affecting guardianships

Caption: Relating to guardianships, including the functions of the Guardianship Certification Board.
Author: Lucio
Bill History
Bill Text

Relevance: This bill would amend 8 sections of the Probate Code to add procedural requirements in guardianships, including adding to the duties of the court investigator, requiring certain persons to be called as witnesses at hearings to appoint a guardian, adding to the list of persons entitled to notice of certain proceedings, requiring a full hearing with notice before a removed guardian is permanently replaced, and permitting a removed guardian who is a family member or friend to seek reinstatement if he or she is replaced by a private professional guardian.