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Office of Public Guardianship

A Certified Professional Guardian is a person chosen by the Court to advocate and manage the affairs of another person, who lacks the capacity to advocate or express their own rights without assistance.

Guardianship of the Person

  • Provide case management services
  • Consent to and monitor medical treatment
  • Consent to and monitor non-medical services, such as educational services, or vocational services
  • Consent to and release of documents and confidential information
  • Assist in making end of life decisions
  • Act as a representative payee
  • Maximize independence and self- reliance to the fullest extent possible
  • Advocate and locate housing options that are the most appropriate and least restrictive
  • Provide reports on about the status of the guardianship
  • Research and apply for State and Federal Benefit programs
  • Arrange for transportation and medical follow up
  • Available 24/7 to respond to emergency events or medical emergencies

Guardianship of the Estate

  • Manage the financial affairs of the incapacitated person, including but not limited to contracting for and incurring obligations on behalf of the incapacitated person, becoming a representative payee of any income from social security, employment, or any other sources of revenue or income.
  • Locate and gather assets, establish guardianship accounts, and expend funds as necessary for the benefit of the incapacitated person.
  • Enter any dwelling, residence or storage area rented or owned by the incapacitated person to assess the land or property owned or rented.
  • Obtain property appraisals and protect property and assets from loss
  • File tax returns annually and as needed