Perspectives on Texas
If a manufacturer produces a defective product four out of every 10 times, that company would likely be headed for big trouble. In Texas, something even more serious is happening with the nearly $5 billion in assets of vulnerable Texans held by court-appointed guardians.
A review of nearly 30,000 guardianship files by Texas’ Guardianship Compliance Program found 41 percent of the cases were out of compliance. In one particularly egregious case, the whereabouts of a person needing help was unknown for years. In another, no reports or accounts were ever filed for a $4 million estate. And in thousands of other cases, records of deceased persons have remained under the control of the courts.