What steps should be taken before considering a referral to the Office of the Public Fiduciary?
- All other possibilities for solution of the client's problems should be exhausted. This includes referral to other agencies for appropriate services.
- Counseling with the client personally to mobilize resources or to help the client accept the services that are available. Often this step is sufficient; a client may accept difficult changes in his or her life if someone takes the time and effort to show that they care.
- If the client appears genuinely unable to manage his/her affairs, encourage the family or close friends to accept responsibility for the client and become guardian and/or conservator if warranted.

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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?