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Admin Office

Posted on: July 12, 2021

Buchanan County Public Administrator Office

Public Administrator Group

Meet the Public Administrator office staff (front row: Katie, Randy, Rebecca, back row: Annette Bertelsen, Bonnie, Jordan)                                                                 

This office handles approximately 400 cases serving as guardian, Conservator, Personal Representative or Representative Payee.

As Guardian, the Public Administrator is charged with providing for each ward's care, treatment, habilitation, education, support, and maintenance.  Annual reports are filed with the probate court.  

As Conservator, the Public Administrator expends protectees' funds for purposes authorized by statute or court order, and safeguards all of their assets.  Annual reports are filed with the probate court.  

As Personal Representative for Court-designated deceased estates, the Public Administrator serves as Personal Representative, and concludes decedents' affairs, under the supervision of the probate court.  

As Representative Payee some individuals under Guardianship also require help paying bills. As their Representative Payee, the Public Administrator provides this service. An annual reporting is made to Social Security.  

The staff fields several hundred phone calls and emails each week regarding wards and their care.  

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