Public Administrator

Mission
The mission of the Public Administrator’s Office is to comply with the rules and regulations of the Probate Court and Missouri law and to meet the high standards required of a professional fiduciary. As guardian, our statutory duty is to provide for the mental and physical care and treatment of our wards and to ensure their safety. As conservator, our statutory duty is to protect the protectee’s resources and to provide for his or her care and treatment.

Authority & Obligations
The authority and obligations of the Public Administrator are created by Missouri Statute, Section 473.430, RSMo et seq.  At §473.743 the statute sets forth the kind and category of cases and estates which the Public Administrator shall assume, including decedent estates, minors estates and the estates of persons who are disabled and incapacitated.

The Public Administrator is an officer of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. The Public Administrator presently serves as the representative in nearly 1,200 estates.

Most of the wards of the Public Administrator are mentally ill, developmentally disabled and frail elderly individuals.

Department Employees
The Office of the Public Administrator employs 26 individuals consisting of lawyers, social workers, investigators and financial managers. The office oversees the investment and management of over $26 million in assets. The Department has a total budget of $1,448,279 for fiscal year 2009.  Employees are available on a 24-hour basis to provide consent for emergency medical procedures.