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Public Administrator/Public Guardian

For more information about Public Administrator/Public Guardian send us an email or phone 858-694-3500.

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The Public Administrator investigates and administers the estates of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person to act as an administrator. The Public Guardian serves as the legally appointed conservator for persons found by the Courts to be unable to take care of themselves.

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About the Public Administrator

For more information about Public Administrator send us an email or phone 858-694-3500.

The Public Administrator is charged with investigating and administering the estates of persons who die with no will, or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as an administrator. The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as private administrators which include:

  • Protecting the decedent's property from waste, loss or theft
  • Making appropriate funeral and burial arrangements
  • Conducting thorough investigations to discover all of the decedent's assets
  • Collecting all dues owed to the estate
  • Ensuring all estate benefits are applied for and received
  • Paying the decedent's bills and taxes
  • Ensuring the estate is administered according to the decedent's wishes
  • Locating persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensuring these individuals receive their inheritance and maintaining a fully documented audit trail to make certain that each and every asset is accounted for and distributed appropriately

In the County of San Diego, the Public Administrator also serves as the Public Guardian, but the functions of each program are distinct. Services provided by the Office of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian are authorized by California Statute and monitored by the Probate Division of the Superior Court of California.

 

About the Public Guardian

For more information about Public Guardian send us an email or phone 858-694-3500.

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.

 

Making a Referral 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 (858) 694-3500 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 “County of San Diego Request for Conservatorship Investigation” referral form. The form must be filled out with the potential client’s information and must include your contact information so that we may contact you for further information during the investigation. Before completing the form, please click on the Highlight Fields button located in the top right corner of the form. This will indicate in red which fields are required to be completed. If you do not know the information for one of the highlighted fields, simply enter N/A.

Please fax the completed referral form to: (858) 694-3987

Or mail the form to:

Office of the Public Guardian
Attn: PG Referrals
5201 Ruffin Rd, Ste A
San Diego, CA 92123

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (858) 694-3500.

 

The 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.

 

For more information about Public Administrator/Public Guardian send us an email or phone 858-694-3500.