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7th Annual Legislative Forum

December 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

TGA members are invited to join us for the annual legislative update regarding Texas guardianship.


9:00AM – Opening Comments 

Catherine Vergara, TxCG/TGA President, Austin, Texas
Terry W. Hammand, JD/TGA Executive Director, Bryan, Texas

9:15AM – TGA’S Perspective on the 87th Legislative Session – Part 1

Steven D. Fields, JD/Court Administrator, Tarrant County Probate Court #2, Fort Worth, Texas.
Steven Fields will present a brief overview of legislation that passed in the 87th Legislative session that impacted on guardians and guardianships in Texas.

9:45AM – Prospects for the 88th Legislative Session

Jorge Ramirez, JD/Chief of Staff, Senator Judith Zaffirini, Austin, Texas
Jeff Rinard, Director, Enterprise Planning and Regulatory Services Office of Court Administration

10:30AM – Legislative Agenda – Texas Real Estate and Probate Institute

Lauren David Hunt, JD, Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, L.L.P. Chair, Legislative Affairs for Trusts and Estates, Texas Real Estate and Probate Institute

10:45AM – Comments re: Guardianship Interim Charge for House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. 

Recommendations regarding the use of types and guardianships in Texas and the effect of guardianship on individual rights; Study the financial costs to families related to attaining and maintaining guardianship and compare costs to those associated with guardianship alternatives, such as supported decision-making.
Lauren Gerken , M.A. Public Policy Analyst, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Leonard James III, TxCG/Family Guardian

11:30AM – Preparing for the 88th Legislative Session

Terry W. Hammond, JD/TGA Executive Director
Terry Hammond will discuss the October, 2022 Hearing on Interim Charges held by the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and expected TGA efforts in the 88th Legislative Session.

12:00PM – Adjournment


December 2, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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