Joanne: From an earlier post relaying your info, it hinted at concern over your personal finacial responsibility. First, as a relative, you have no personal liability for his past or present debt. Even as guardian you are responsible for his bills only to the extent of his money/assets. Only if you sign a personal guarantee at the facility will you be responsible. As for future expenses, if he is unable to afford the cost with his assets, Medical Assistance will pay. It will require that all but a minimal amount of cash and assts be liquidated. In the meantime MA will kick in. The guardianship is necessary so you can make the MA application for him. You should be able to get a temporary appointment w/o a hearing, then followed by a hearing in about 30 days for permanent authority to issued. Youmay be able to appear by phone for that hearing. It's also a "voluntary" job from which you can resign. Check with the County Dept. of Human Services, or Family Services or whatever they call it in Tx. Applications for MA are one of the few gov't programs, where the agencies in charge actually assist in securing the benefit(at least up this way they do). Good luck, JOHN
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