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Yes, it preferred that the family and/or friends to serve in this capacity as this person would be in the best position to know what their loved one would want when making decisions.
The Public Fiduciary is appointed only when there are no other alternatives to guardianship and there is no one else willing and able to serve. There are also private fiduciaries that perform these services. Family and/or friends can obtain more information on how to apply as guardian/conservator by contacting the Clerk of Superior Court Self-Service Center.