Texas has enacted new statutory protections that are designed to curb the need for guardianships. These protections ensure that less restrictive alternatives are to be considered and ruled out before a guardian is appointed. These less restrictive alternatives can include options like supported-decision making agreements in which the individual considered potentially in need of a guardianship, “the proposed ward,” sits down with relatives or friends to consider an action plan in which he or she gets to participate in the decision-making process. There are various other alternative options that can be considered as well. In the event, that none of those options are suitable to the individual’s particular needs, the court will appoint one or more guardians.