Guardianship Certification

In addition to the information contained within the pages for this program, please read the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) Rules to be sure you have complete information.

The Guardianship Certification program improves the standards for persons authorized to serve as guardians statewide. For the new Supreme Court approved Guardianship Code of Ethics and Minimum Standards, please click here.

Certification

Certain individuals who provide guardianship services in Texas must be certified as of September 1, 2007.  Forms, instructions and information on certification,  provisional certification and re-certification are available on this website.  

Lists of Certified Guardians

These lists are updated monthly.

The list will initially load sorted by the guardian's list name. Click on the appropriate header to also sort by business county or business city.

Certified & Provisionally Certified Guardian Lists
Certified Guardians
Provisionally Certified Guardians

 Disciplinary Actions Log

Important Notices

Texas Certification Exam

Exams have been scheduled for Fiscal Year 2014.  Please visit the Exam page for exam information including a listing of exam dates, times and locations. Forms are located in the Exam Forms section on the Forms page of our website.

County Clerks Not Required to Obtain Separate Criminal History Record Information for Certified Guardians

Effective 6/19/09 Amendments set forth in Senate Bill 1057 eliminate the need for the county clerk to obtain a separate criminal history report for those individuals described in Government Code 411.1386(a) and Estates Code 1104.402, if the individual described is certified or provisionally certified by the JBCC.  The court may request a copy of the criminal history record information obtained by the JBCC when issuing or renewing the individual's certification.  Courts should use the form provided to request a copy of criminal history record information from the JBCC.

Change of Contact Information or Name

The JBCC rules requires certified and provisionally certified guardians to report any change in home or business contact information and any name change to the Commission.  Please use the contact information form located on the Forms page of our website to report such changes.

Annual Reporting

Texas Government Code Chapter 155, Texas Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A], and Rule 7.3 of the Rules Governing Guardianship Certification impose requirements for county clerks, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, guardianship programs and private professional guardians to report certain information to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. In addition, Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A] require guardianship programs and private professional guardians to provide certain information to county clerks.

Reporting forms for calendar year 2015 are now available. Reports are due by January 31, 2016. Reminders will be sent the first week in January 2016 Remember, information is to be reported for the entire calendar year, not as a "snapshot" as of the reporting date.

If you have questions about the reporting requirements, please send an email to Lesley Ondrechen at guardians@txcourts.gov.

Information for fiscal year 2015 is provided below for your reference.

County Clerk
Summary
Form
Letter
Department of Aging and Disability Services
Summary
Form
Letter
Guardianship Program
Summary
Form
Letter
Private Professional Guardian
Summary
Form
Letter
Other Certified Guardians
Summary
Form
Letter

Note: Private professional guardians must submit original, signed and notarized reporting forms to the Commission by mail or in person. All others may be submit reporting forms by mail, in person or by e-mail as shown on the forms. E-mail submissions are preferred.

Important Notices

Changes to the Minimum Standards for Guardianship Services were adopted by the Guardianship Certification Board at its May 16, 2014 meet

Updated: 08/23/2016