Guardianship: Change to Guardianship Filings in Collin County
For some time, Collin County paid the costs of a guardianship case out of the county treasury when an Affidavit of Inability to Pay, showing that the proposed ward was indigent, was filed and accepted. Effective October 1, 2019, the County Clerk’s office will only accept an affidavit of inability to pay that shows the applicant is indigent. This means that if the applicant to unable to pay the filing fees and other costs in a guardianship proceeding, an affidavit may continue to be filed.
What does this mean to families considering guardianship? Families should be prepared to pay the costs – including the filing fee, service and citation costs, and the attorney ad litem fee – for a guardianship case as well as legal fees.