The Public Administrator serves as a “Public Guardian and Conservator” for people who are declared incapacitated by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. The incapacitation of a ward may have its origin in a mental illness, mental retardation, dementia, head trauma, alcoholism, anomie, drug addiction, etc. There are approximately 106 people in Adair County Missouri and conservatorship with the Public Administrator’s Office.
To provide fiduciary integrity in the management of all entrusted estate funds and provide an environment conducive to health, affirmation and growth that promotes feelings of dignity, security, hope and fulfillment in the individual. The Public Administrator’s office operates in accordance with the statutes of the State of Missouri.
Conservator Powers and Duties
Probate Code 475.130– The Conservator of an estate of a disabled person or minor child shall protect, preserve, and manage the estate, invest it prudently, and account for it faithfully.
The Conservator of an estate shall take possession of all of the protectee’s real and personal property, and of rents, income, issue, and profits therefrom.
The Conservator of the estate shall prosecute and defend all actions instituted in behalf of or against the protectee; collect all debts due or becoming due to the protectee.
The Conservator of an adult or minor Ward is not obligated by virtue of his appointment to use his own financial resources for the support of the Ward.
What are the Powers and Duties of the Guardian?
Probate Code 475.120- The general powers and duties of a guardian of an incapacitated person shall be to take charge of the person of the Ward and to provide for the ward’s care, treatment, habilitation, education, support, and maintenance; and the powers and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Assure that the Ward resides in the best and least restrictive setting reasonably available.
- Assure that the Ward receives medical care and other services that are needed.
- Promote and protect the care, comfort, safety, health, and welfare of the Ward.
- Provide required consents on behalf of the Ward.
- To exercise all power and discharge all duties necessary or proper to implement the provisions of this section.
Probate Code 475.123- No medical or surgical procedure shall be performed on any Ward unless consent is obtained from the Guardian of his person. If the life of the Ward is threatened and there is no time to obtain consent, a medical or surgical procedure may be performed.
Additional Public Administrator Contact Information
Adair County Public Administrator
Adair County Annex
300 N. Franklin St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
General Office Phone:(660)785-3211
Office FAX: (660)785-3229