FAQs

  • What are the essential responsibilities of the Public Guardian when appointed as conservator?
    The Superior Court may appoint the Public Guardian as conservator of the person, conservator of the  estate or both conservator of person and estate.   The following is a brief overview of the responsibilities of each:
    • Conservator of the Person

      Arranges for the conservatee's placement, protection and care.  Also, coordinates and oversees the delivery of needed services.

    • Conservator of the Estate

      Manages the conservatee's finances, locates and controls conservatee property, collects income, pays bills, invests the conservatee's money and protects estate assets.
  • What are the different types of conservatorship?
    California law provides for two basic types of conservatorship depending upon the conservatee's particular needs.  The following is a brief description of each:

    • Probate Conservatorship

      A probate conservatorship of person may be established for those found unable to properly provide for their personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.  A probate conservator of estate may be established for those who are substantially unable to manage their own financial resources or resist fraud or undue influence.

    • Lanterman-Petris-Short (L.P.S.) Conservatorship.

      A conservator of the person or both person and estate may be appointed for those found unable to provide for their basic personal needs for food, clothing, or shelter as a result of mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.
  • Where can I find more information regarding conservatorship in California?
    The best source of information is the law itself.  The law regarding probate conservatorship is contained in the California Probate Code.  The California Welfare and Institutions Code contains statutes regarding Lanterman-Petris-Short conservatorship.
  • What is the role of the Public Administrator?
    The Public Administrator may handle the estates of those who die in Yolo County without next of kin in California, without a Will, when the family is unable to act, or when ordered by the Court.
  • What are the essential responsibilities of the Public Administrator?
    The Public Administrator's duties include:
    • Protecting decedent's property from waste, loss or theft
    • Making appropriate arrangements for burial
    • Conducting investigations to discover all decedent estate assets
    • Paying the decedent's bills and taxes
    • Locating persons entitled to inherit from the decedent estate and ensure that these persons receive their inheritance
    The Public Administrator also provides burial/cremation services for indigent decedents who are residents of Yolo County.