Senate Bill 1096, passed during the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, and will affect the appointment of guardians. The tasks associated with implementing the bill are largely the responsibility of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) but they will also affect the courts and the clerks. The JBCC wants to take this opportunity to make the courts, clerks and public aware of the upcoming changes.
Any person(s) or entity applying for appointment as guardian must complete the following at least 10 days before the hearing on the application:
SUBMIT REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO JUDICIAL BRANCH CERTIFICATION COMMISSION (JBCC): Prior to being appointed guardian, the proposed guardian must submit registration information online with the JBCC at https://jbcctexas.txcourts.gov.
The JBCC and clerk of the Court in which a guardianship application is pending must notify the applicant/proposed guardian and their attorney of the guardianship registration requirement
If the proposed guardian is not an attorney, certified guardian or corporate fiduciary, the proposed guardian must also complete the following sooner than 10 days before the hearing on the application:
GUARDIANSHIP TRAINING: After submitting the online guardianship registration information to JBCC, the proposed guardian must complete the Guardian Training Module.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: All proposed guardians other than attorneys, certified guardians or corporate fiduciaries are subject to a criminal history background check. The name and date of birth background check will be performed by the JBCC if the liquid estate value of the guardianship is less than $50,000.
If the liquid estate value is $50,000 or more, a digital fingerprint background check must be completed. It is the responsibility of the person applying for appointment as guardian to submit digital fingerprints when required. Information will be provided by JBCC to obtain digital fingerprints through Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) when applicable.
REGISTRATION: After appointment and qualification of the guardian, the clerk will provide notice to the JBCC of the fact and date of qualification. JBCC will register the guardianship in a database accessible to law enforcement. JBCC seeks to maintain a database of current, accurate information about active guardianships.
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