The La Paz County Public Fiduciary’s Mission is to provide guardianship, conservatorship and payee services for vulnerable adults when there is no other person or agency willing or able to serve. The LPC Public Fiduciary also provides decedent services to ensure that estates are protected and also determines eligibility for the indigent burial program. All services are provided in a professional, efficient compassionate manner.
The Office of the Public Fiduciary was established in 1974 by the Arizona State Legislature. Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 14-5601(A), the Public Fiduciary is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the La Paz County Board of Supervisors.
Cases are referred to the Public Fiduciary by physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, attorneys, Adult Protective Services, professional fiduciaries, the Social Security Administration, and members of the general public.
Each county in Arizona has a probate court, which is part of the state’s superior court system. The probate court appoints Guardians for incapacitated persons, Conservators for persons whose assets require protection, and Personal Representatives for the administration of decedents’ estates.
The Public Fiduciary serves people who are estranged from their families, are the subjects of abuse or undue influence, have serious mental or physical health issues and have no place else to turn.