Guardian Ad Litem Certification
(for attorneys only)
Steps for Certification
The following information outlines the process to become eligible
to be appointed an attorney ad litem in Texas Courts under Tex.
Estates Code §1054.201.*
- You must complete a State Bar-approved training course for
guardianship ad litem.
Search for a class in our CLE database: you may also complete
self-study tapes and DVDs.
- Once your approved training has been completed, download and print
out the appropriate affidavit below:
Affidavit for General CLE Course [PDF]
Affidavit for DVD/Videotaped Self-Study Course
- Complete and mail your affidavit, including a $25 processing fee, to
the MCLE department (see
address below). Faxed copies of affidavit will not be processed.
- Once we receive your affidavit and $25 fee, we will add
you to our
database of lawyers and mail you your certificate.
You will be certified for an initial two (2) year period. Once you
have been certified for two (2) consecutive two year periods, you will
then be certified for four (4) years.*
Guardianship Ad Litem Database
Guardianship Ad Litem Attorneys: Please use this database to
search for a certified ad litem attorney.
certification a function of MCLE?
The MCLE Department keeps records of certified attorneys but
certification is not a function of the MCLE program. Ad litem
certification training is approved for MCLE credit and can be used
toward MCLE compliance.
How long is the
The initial certification period is two-year period beginning
on the date of issuance of the certificate. An attorney can receive a
four-year certificate once he/she has been certified for two
consecutive two-year terms.
What training courses
qualify for Guardianship Certification?
Approved training courses meet the requirement outlined
in Tex. Govt. Code §81.114. Sponsors of training
request review and approved by writing to the Director of MCLE.
Are there self-study
tapes/DVDs available for completing the training?
Yes. You can check with your local county bar association
or visit TexasBarCLE to access
Can an attorney fax an affidavit
of completion to receive a certificate?
No. The State Bar requires an original signature on the
affidavit and a $25 processing fee.
If you still have questions after certification or renewal, please
State Bar of Texas
P.O. Box 13007
Austin, Texas 78711-3007
800.204-2222 (ext. 1806)