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The Office of the Public Fiduciary was established in 1974 by the Arizona State Legislature. A.R.S. Section 14-5601(A) requires each county board of supervisors to appoint a public fiduciary, and the cost incurred to conduct this office is charged against county government.


MISSION STATEMENT:
The Yuma County Public Fiduciary provides guardianship, conservatorship and decedent services in a professional, efficient and compassionate manner when no other person, agency or corporation is qualified and willing to serve.

VISION STATEMENT:
The Yuma County Public Fiduciary is dedicated to improving the qualify of life for people in need of guardianship and alternative protective services.

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION:
The Public Fiduciary is the fiduciary of last resort and is referred those cases that no attorney, bank trust department, private fiduciary, family member or any other person or corporation is willing or able to accept. This results in the Public Fiduciary’s Office having a caseload where there is either no money involved or the circumstances are complex. The YCPF currently has a staff of 8 and administers approximately 200 guardianships, conservatorships, and decedent estates.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:

  • Provide guardianship/conservatorship services as statutorily set forth in the Arizona Revised Statutes for persons whom we have been court-appointed as guardian/conservator.
  • Administration of the indigent burial program.
  • Investigations on need for potential guardianship/conservatorship.
  • Administration of decedent estates as statutorily set forth in the Arizona Revised Statutes for those estates on which we have been appointed by the Court.
  • Collaborative effort with outside agencies to prevent and prosecute abuse/financial exploitation of the elderly and/or vulnerable adult.

GLOSSARY - Public Fiduciary Fee Schedule

  • Referral & Investigation are charged and relate to identifying the need for fiduciary services.
  • Accounting Fees are the fees charged to meet the statutory requirements of a conservator. Fees include the preparation of the Charge and Discharge Statement
  • Termination Fee contributes to the costs involved in closing a case due to the transfer of responsibility to a successor fiduciary, or to the ward who has recovered from legal disability or the estate no longer needing fiduciary services. Documents are prepared for closing and storage.
  • Annual Fee for Guardianship/Conservatorship caseworker minimal contact required quarterly. In practice, most wards are seen more frequently to assure that their personal, financial, and medical needs are being met. This fee is charged to contribute to the time and valuable services in these personal visits.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Yuma County Public Fiduciary
3007 S. Pacific Ave.
Yuma, Arizona 85365

Phone: (928) 373-1145
Fax:(928) 373-1144
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
On-Call (928) 373-1145, 24 hrs/Day, 7 Days/Week for emergencies

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