What are the essential responsibilities of the Public Guardian when appointed as conservator?
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
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
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 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.
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.