Personal representative for wards, protectees and decedents
office of Public Administrator was originally created in 1880 by the
Missouri Legislature. Every county in Missouri has a Public
Administrators and all are elected except for Jackson, Saint Charles,
and Saint Louis Counties, which are appointed positions. Their terms
last for four years and are on the same cycle as the presidential
election. Their duties are set forth by RSMo 473.743.
The Public Administrator acts as the
court-appointed guardian and conservator for minor, disabled or
incapacitated persons. These individuals are mentally or physically
disabled, suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's or under 18 and have no
one to willing or able to care for them. Public Administrator's may be
established as a Guardian and/or Conservator to function as a neutral
party, when there is conflict surrounding the management of an
incapacitated person's affairs.
Public Administrators are appointed by Probate Court only.
All individuals who want to have a Guardian or Conservator established
for them or another must petition the court. Currently the process
must be overseen by an attorney, who will become the Guardian Ad Litem
until the judge rules.