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Overcoming Civil Death: A Report on Needed Legal Reforms for People Seeking Restoration of Rights

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Overcoming Civil Death: A Report on Needed Legal Reforms for People Seeking Restoration of Rights addresses how the broken guardianship system in Texas can prevent individuals with disabilities from having their rights restored.

When an individual with a disability wants to contest or terminate their guardianship, they may encounter barriers to having their rights restored. Barriers individuals might face can include attorneys who does not appropriately advocate for them and the courts not conducting regular reviews of the individual’s well-being. Overcoming Civil Death covers these barriers in full detail and includes stories from real Texans who have been impacted. The report also includes DRTx’s solution-based recommendations for how to address these barriers so more Texans with disabilities can have their rights restored and have more control over their lives.

Read or download the Overcoming Civil Death report (PDF). For an overview of the report, watch the Overcoming Civil Death video.

 

Published: September 2, 2022
Publication Code: IR21


Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this publication is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this publication inaccurate.

This publication is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.


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