Public Conservator - Guardian
The Public Guardian / Conservator provides conservatorship services for individuals who are unable to provide for their own basic food, clothing, and shelter needs. We also offer services to those that are unable to manage their personal financial affairs or are susceptible to fraud or undue influence. A Public Guardian / Conservator may be appointed when there is no other trusted person available to act as conservator.
Get Help for Someone in Need
A request for a conservatorship can be initiated by Adult Protective Services or by a third party (friend, family member, physician, banker, and / or law enforcement, etc.). Probate Conservatorships can be established for the person and/or the estate.
An independent investigation is conducted to determine if conservatorship is necessary or if there are appropriate alternative services available. It is helpful if the proposed conservatee's physician is willing to provide a signed statement that the individual is in need of conservator or guardian services.
The Public Administrator is court appointed to manage and dispose of a decedent’s estate when no other appropriate administrator is willing or able to act.
- What is the Public Guardian / Public Conservator / Public Administrator Office responsible for?
The office provides conservatorship services for those who are unable to provide for their own basic food, clothing, and shelter needs, or are unable to manage their personal financial affairs or are susceptible to fraud or undue influence. The office may be appointed when there is no other trusted person available to act as conservator or to manage a deceased person’s estate. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4049.
- What is the difference between a Public Administrator, a Public Conservator and a Public Guardian?
A Public Administrator investigates and may administer the estates of Napa County residents who die without a will, when no appropriate person is able to act, or when appointed by the Court. A Public Conservator or Guardian is appointed by the Court to help manage a person’s personal needs and / or financial needs. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4049.
- What services does the Public Administrator provide?
The Public Administrator is court appointed to:
- Protect a decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft
- Make appropriate burial arrangements
- Conduct an investigation to locate all assets
- Ensure the estate is administered according to the decedent’s wishes
- Pay a decedent’s bills and taxes
- Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate
For further information, contact us at 707-253-4049.