Public Administrator Functions
Public Administrators are appointed by the Missouri Circuit Court, Probate Division, to serve primarily on three types of cases:
- Guardian and/or Conservator for mentally disabled persons.
- Personal Representative for decedent estates.
- Conservator for minor’s cases
However, the majority of appointments in any Public Administrators office will be as Guardian/Conservator for mentally disabled persons. A Public Administrator is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
is the legal process of assisting a person, whose mental disability has caused incompetence in making decisions for herself/himself regarding personal affairs; such as place of residence and medical care. When a person has been adjudged by the Probate Court to be mentally incapacitated and incapable of making informed decisions without risk of harm, then a Guardian may be appointed. A person under guardianship is known as a Ward.
deals only with the financial affairs of the individual. A Conservator may be appointed by the Probate Court when an individual does not have the capacity to manage his or her financial affairs. A person under conservatorship is known as a Protectee.
It shall be the primary responsibility of the Christian County Public Administrator to work toward improving the quality of life for persons under guardianship while protecting the ward’s dignity and self-respect. As Guardian/Conservator the highest degree of trust and loyalty shall be exercised when making decisions for the Ward/Protectee.