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Public Administrator/Public Guardian protects and manages the estates of decedents and at-risk individuals who are unable to make decisions. The Public Guardian serves as the legally appointed guardian or conservator for persons found by the Courts to be unable to take care of themselves or their assets—generally older, frail and vulnerable adults who are at risk or have been a victim of abuse or neglect.
The Public Guardian conducts official investigations into conservatorship matters, and serves as the legally appointed guardian for persons, who have been determined by the Courts to be incapable of caring for themselves. These are generally older, frail and vulnerable adults who are at risk or have been a victim of abuse or neglect.
When appointed conservator of the estate, the Public Guardian manages the finances of the conservatee who has been found by the Court to be unable to manage them alone, or is susceptible to being taken advantage of financially by others. In this role, the Public Guardian locates and takes control of the conservatee's assets, collects income, pays debts and taxes and invests funds.
When appointed conservator of the person, the Public Guardian is responsible for making sure the conservatee has proper food, clothing, shelter and health care. Depending on the conservatee's ability to understand and make decisions, the Public Guardian may receive authorization from the Court to make medical decisions for the conservatee as well.
Referrals to the Public Guardian
The Public Guardian is charged with evaluating and investigating persons that may no longer be capable of managing their finances/personal affairs or may be subject to physical abuse or neglect. The Public Guardian is appointed conservator for one or more of the following reasons:
- The person is incapable of managing their finances/personal affairs, has an estate that requires management and has no family
- The person is incapable of managing their finances/personal affairs, has an estate that requires management and family members are unable, because of illness, distance or other circumstances, to provide assistance
- The person is
incapable of managing their finances/personal affairs, friends or
family members have exploited or neglected the person and are not
suitable conservators and the person is subject to further abuse or
neglect without intervention
You may call our office at (800) 339-4661 if you would like to discuss whether a particular case would be appropriate for the Public Guardian to investigate prior to making a referral.
To make a Public Guardian referral, please complete the online Request for Conservatorship Investigation.
Public Administrator/Public Guardian Team
The Public Administrator/Public Guardian Team is comprised of approximately 40 high-energy, compassionate professionals from various disciplines who have been deputized to work on the Public Administrator/Public Guardian's behalf to protect elderly and disabled citizens at risk of abuse and neglect by safeguarding their assets, providing for their personal care and providing expert administration of decedent and conservatorship estates.
Public Guardian Office
5560 Overland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
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