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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does a Public Administrator do?

The Public Administrator (PA) investigates and may administer the estates of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator.

Primary Duties include:

  • Protecting the decedent's property from waste, loss or theft.
  • Making appropriate burial arrangements.
  • Conducting thorough investigations to locate all assets.
  • Ensuring that the estate is administered according to the decedents wishes.
  • Paying decedent bills and taxes.
  • Locating persons entitled to inherit from the estate.

What does a Public Guardian or Public Conservator do?

The Public Guardian or Public Conservator (PG/PC) conducts the official County investigation into conservatorship matters. The PG/PC also acts as the legally appointed guardian or conservator for persons found by Superior Court to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances or who are unable to resist undue influence or fraud. Clients served by the PG/PC usually suffer from severe mental illness or are older, frail, dependent and vulnerable adults.

Primary Duties include:

  • Serving as the conservator of the person only, estate only or both person and estate depending on the needs of the individual.
    • Conservator of the Person: The Conservator arranges for the client's care and protection, determines where the client will live and makes appropriate arrangements for health care, housekeeping, transportation and recreation.
    • Conservator of the Estate: The Conservator manages the client's finances, locates and takes control of the assets, collects income due, pays bills, invests the client's money and protects known assets.
  • Providing case management services including placement services.
  • Providing estate management including applying and maintaining appropriate public benefits, paying bills, providing personal needs funds and acting as the representative payee.
  • Ensuring the conservatee receives appropriate mental health and physical health services.
  • Providing real and personal property management, including safeguarding of assets and valuables and seeking court authority for sale of assets when necessary to provide for the needs of the conservatee.

How do I become a member?

  1. Employment in a Public Administrator's, Public Guardian's, or Public Conservator's office in one of the 58 counties in the State of California;
  2. Approval of the Principal member of the Association.

Can I get certified by your association if I am not a member?

No, in order to become certified through the association, you must be a member.


How do I register as a vendor?

Located on the website is a Vendor Interest Form that will provide us with the information needed to contact you and provide further information.


How do I register for a conference?

If you are a member, you can log in to the member portal and register online. If you are not a member, please view the Contact Us page to contact the Executive Secretaries for further information.


Who is my regional chair?

For the current list of regional chairs, please click here.


How much are my dues and when are they due?

Dues are due at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1st. The amount of the dues is dependent upon your membership level. Please view the membership section for further information.


I need a copy of my training history and certification, how do I get that?

Log in to the member portal and view your transcript history. You can also print out your certificate at any time.

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