Are Fiduciaries licensed?
Effective April 1, 1999, professional fiduciaries are not permitted to serve as a Fiduciary in the state of Arizona unless they are licensed by the Supreme Court. Licensure requirements include posting a bond, furnishing a full set of fingerprints and passing a criminal background check, taking 12 hours of initial training and passing an examination. Professional fiduciaries are required to maintain continuing education requirements.

A list of professional fiduciaries that are currently registered with the Arizona Supreme Court may be obtained by writing to:
Private Fiduciary Program, Arizona Supreme Court
1501 West Washington, Suite 410
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231

All guardian and estate administrators in the Office of the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary are licensed or in training for licensure. Family members are not required to be registered with the Supreme Court in order to serve as a fiduciary for a family member.

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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?