What is expected of a person or agency after making the initial referral?
The referring person or agency must completely fill out the referral form and obtain a properly written report signed by a physician, certifying that guardianship or conservatorship is necessary.

This information is required for assessment of the case and for appropriate follow-up should the Public Fiduciary be appointed. The Public Fiduciary will petition for appointment of a guardian or conservator only in those cases where there is a demonstrated need as defined by Arizona Statutes.

Because one may meet the criteria for a guardianship or conservatorship does not necessarily mean that there is a demonstrated need for the creation of a guardianship or conservatorship or that a guardianship and/or conservatorship is the least restrictive measure that might be taken to meet the individual’s demonstrated needs and protect the person’s assets.

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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?