Guardianship: Understanding How It Works for an Incapacitated Parent or Child
LocationVirtual Engagement Opportunity
Date & Time7:30pm - 8:30pm CST February 24
ContactApril Hampton Perez ’89
Senior Director of Development, Planned Giving
7:30pm - 8:30pm CST February 24
Virtual Engagement Opportunity
About This Session
When a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property due to the effects of aging, disease or injury, guardianship is sometimes needed. A guardianship is a legal relationship created by the court to allow the appointment of someone (the guardian) to be responsible for decision-making for someone else (the ward). In this session, Ellen Stewart ’93 will use real-life scenarios to walk you through the legal guardianship process of an incapacitated parent or adult child and help you avoid procedural traps.
Ellen Stewart ’93, P’20
Ellen’s practice areas range from guardianship, probate, fiduciary litigation to estate planning. She has a depth of litigation experience gained from her work representing individual and corporate clients in commercial and insurance litigation. Her practice encompasses all aspects of guardianship and estate/trust administration by representing executors, trustees, heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors, in routine estate administrations as well as complex and contested matters. Ellen has written and presented various CLE materials on probate estate administration and guardianship.
Ellen Stewart also works on pro bono with Family Eldercare and Volunteer Legal Services involving estate planning, probate, and guardianship. Her volunteer work also includes serving on the Texas Wellness Conference Planning Committee (2006), serving on the board of directors for the ABA Estate Planning and Probate Section.
Outside of the legal community, Ellen has served as an advisor to college students at Southwestern University and Texas State University. Ellen previously served as the local president of the Greater Austin Alumni Association of Southwestern University from 2007-09 and still participates in the local alumni events. Ellen and her family reside in Austin, where both of her children graduated from AISD. And her daughter is a graduate of the Southwestern University Class of 2020. Ellen and her family are members of St. Theresa Catholic Church and former members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.