Carroll v. Carroll (1994)

In Carroll v. Carroll, 893 S.W.2d 62 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi 1994, no writ), the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals considered the jurisdiction of a county judge in a guardianship proceeding to order, one year after the ward's death, the sale of land in the ward's estate to pay the ward's debt to the nursing home in which she resided for twenty-one years before her death. Carroll, 893 S.W.2d at 63-64. After reviewing various provisions of the probate code, the court stated: "We believe that the Probate Code is clear. A guardianship ceases to exist upon the death of the ward and the guardian is required only to exercise those powers necessary to settle and close the guardianship as a prerequisite to his discharge." Id. at 68.