Texas

The Texas Office of Court Administration convened the first meeting of TX-WINGS in November 2013 in Austin. The meeting opened with a presentation of the results of a statewide survey on adult guardianship issues, completed by close to 300 participants. Top issues considered at the meeting included support for lay guardians, alternatives to guardianship, public guardianship, and capacity assessment. WINGS  reports to the Texas Supreme Court’s Elder Law Task Force, and will continue to meet regularly.

TX-WINGS held its second meeting in June 2014; and has created three ongoing workgroups:
  • Alternatives to guardianship (including supported decision-making);
  • Support for lay guardians; and
  • Person-centered assessments.
TX-WINGS conducted a study of guardianship files and practices in 14 counties without a statutory probate court and from which fewer than 100 guardianship cases were filed in FY 2013. See Texas Guardianship Cases: Improving Court Processes and Monitoring Practices in Texas Courts.

Members of TX-WINGS have participated in key legislative advocacy. 

Contact: David Slayton
Administrative Director
Texas Office of Court Administration

Scott Griffith, JD/MPA 
Director of Research and Court Services
Office of Court Administration

Amanda Stites
Research Specialist
Texas Office of Court Administration