Can a relative or friend serve as guardian/conservator instead of the public fiduciary?

Yes, it preferred that the family and/or friends to serve in this capacity as this person would be in the best position to know what their loved one would want when making decisions.

The Public Fiduciary is appointed only when there are no other alternatives to guardianship and there is no one else willing and able to serve. There are also private fiduciaries that perform these services. Family and/or friends can obtain more information on how to apply as guardian/conservator by contacting the  Clerk of Superior Court Self-Service Center.

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1. Who does the Office of the Public Fiduciary provide services for?
2. What steps should be taken before considering a referral to the Office of the Public Fiduciary?
3. What is expected of a person or agency after making the initial referral?
4. Is there a cost for service from the Office of the Public Fiduciary?
5. How is a referral made to the Office of the Public Fiduciary?
6. Is a durable power of attorney for medical decisions the same as a guardian?
7. Can a relative or friend serve as guardian/conservator instead of the public fiduciary?
8. Can the Office of the Public Fiduciary be appointed if there are other family members?
9. Does the referral of a client to the Office of the Public Fiduciary mean that the client now becomes the Office of the Public Fiduciary's responsibility?
10. Are Fiduciaries licensed?
11. How do I find out more about guardianships / conservatorships?
12. How do I find out more about Burial Assistance for Persons who do not have the funds to bury or cremate their loved one?