What is a Public Administrator and what does he or she do?
The Public Administrator is a public official who performs the job of a guardian, conservator or personal representative when there is no one else who can be found or is capable of performing the job.
A Public Administrator has the same responsibility as any other administrator.
Most guardians, conservators and personal representatives that are appointed are family members or friends of the ward/protectee.
The Public Administrator is appointed in the following circumstances:
- When there is no family or friends of the ward/protectee.
- There is significant disharmony in the family.
- When an administrator is appointed and the court removes them for not performing their duties
Why do we have guardians and conservators?
The guardian and conservator is a court appointed person (usually a family member or friend) who makes decisions for another person who is not capable of making decisions for themselves.
Sometimes people come to a point in their lives when they are not capable of taking care of themselves or their property. This typically occurs in the following circumstances:
- When a person is elderly and cannot handle their affairs
- When a person is born mentally disabled
- When a person has an accident which leaves them in a debilitating condition
- When a person is mentally ill and this illness is so severe they cannot handle their affairs