Serving Crawford County With Style
Crawford County, Missouri
Crawford County Courthouse
302 S Main St.
P O Box 1429
Steelville, MO 65565
The elected Public Administrator, Franky Todd, is appointed guardian and/or conservator by the Court when an adult is found to be a disabled and incompetent person. The Public Administrator can also be appointed to serve as the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate when there is no will, heirs, or any other person who qualifies to assume that responsibility. In some minor estates the Public Administrator is appointed conservator to protect the minor’s assets until they reach age 18.
Guardian/Conservator cases comprise the majority of cases administered by this office. The Public Administrator is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Guardianship—Having the responsibility of assisting a disabled and incompetent person in meeting their daily needs such as food, clothing, housing, and healthcare. A person under guardianship is referred to as a Ward.
Conservatorship—Having the responsibility of protecting, preserving and managing the assets of a minor or the assets of a disabled and incompetent person. A person under a conservatorship is referred to as a Protectee.
Personal Representative—A term used to describe the responsibility that is much the same as serving as a conservator, however the assets are from a deceased person’s estate. These assets are protected, preserved and managed until distribution is ordered by the court. Estates requiring a personal representative are referred to as Decedent Estates.