Public Guardian

Harry Hagen Portrait
  • Harry E. Hagen
  • CPA, CFIP, CPFO, ACPFIM
  • Treasurer - Tax Collector - 
    Public Administrator

This office provides conservatorship services, when appointed by the court, to individuals substantially unable to manage their own personal/financial decisions and for whom there is no viable alternative to the Public Guardian. The office investigates all referrals and provides services to both Probate and LPS conservatees.

Once a conservatorship is established, Public Guardian staff (acting as the conservator) are legally responsible for making all personal/financial decisions and ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of the client. Needless to say, this is a huge responsibility and requires the provision of many services. Just some of these are:

  • Find placement
  • Coordinate in-home care
  • Coordinate and oversee medical treatment
  • Arrange transportation
  • Shop for necessities
  • Apply for benefits, e.g. Social Security, Medi-Cal, SSI, Vets, etc.
  • Pay bills
  • Make burial arrangements
  • Marshal and manage assets
  • Manage real property
  • Store belongings
  • Sell cars, houses, and belongings when necessary

Related Contact Information

Probate Conservatorships

  • Adult Protective Services (Elder Abuse)
    • 844-751-6729
      (Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm)
    • 805-692-5744
      (After Hours, Sheriff's Dispatch)
  • Department of Social Services
    • Santa Barbara: 805-681-4401
    • Santa Maria:     805-346-7135
    • Lompoc:           805-737-7080
  • Tri-Counties Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled: 805-962-7881

LPS Conservatorships

  • Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services
    • 888-868-1649
    • (All County Crisis Services)
  • Mental Health Association:  805-884-8440

Other

  • Community Resources Information Services 24-hour Helpline
    • Santa Barbara:     211
    • Santa Maria:         211