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    Chapter 27G: Legislative findings and declarations

      Section: 52:27G-25: Public guardian as administrator and chief executive officer; powers and duties

           The public guardian, as administrator and chief executive officer:

a. Shall administer and organize the work of the office and establish therein any administrative divisions he may deem necessary, proper and expedient. The public guardian may delegate to subordinate officers or employees of the office any of his powers as he may deem desirable to be exercised under his supervision and control;

b. Shall adopt rules and regulations in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) to effectuate the purposes of this act;

c. Shall appoint and remove stenographic, clerical and other secretarial assistants as may be required for the proper conduct of the office, subject to the provisions of Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes, and other applicable statutes, and within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available therefor. In addition, and within funding limits, the public guardian may appoint, retain or employ, without regard to the provisions of Title 11A of the New Jersey Statutes or any other statutes, any officers, financial managers, social workers or other professionally qualified personnel on a contract basis or otherwise as the public guardian deems necessary;

d. Shall maintain suitable headquarters for the office and other quarters as the public guardian may deem necessary to the proper functioning of the office;

e. May accept the services of volunteer workers or consultants at no compensation, at nominal or token compensation, or at full compensation, as appropriate, and reimburse them for their proper and necessary expenses;

f. Shall keep and maintain proper financial and statistical records concerning all cases in which the public guardian provides guardianship or conservatorship services, provided that the privacy and confidentiality of these records for each ward are preserved;

g. May serve as guardian and conservator or either of these, after appointment by a court pursuant to the provisions of Title 3B of the New Jersey Statutes, and with the same powers and duties of a private guardian or conservator, except as otherwise limited by law or court order;

h. May intervene in any guardianship or conservatorship proceeding involving a ward, by appropriate motion by the court, if the public guardian or the court deems the intervention to be justified because an appointed guardian or conservator is not fulfilling his duties, the estate is subject to disproportionate waste because of the costs of the guardianship or conservatorship, or the best interests of the ward require intervention;

i. Shall perform any other function which may be prescribed by this act or by any other law;

j. Shall appoint and employ, notwithstanding the provisions of P.L.1944, c.20 (C.52:17A-1 et seq.), a general counsel and such other attorneys or counsel as the public guardian may require, for the purpose, among other things, of providing legal advice on such matters as the public guardian may from time to time require, of attending to and dealing with all litigation, controversies, and legal matters in which the public guardian or any ward of the public guardian may be a party or in which these rights and interests may be involved, and of representing the public guardian and any ward in all proceedings or actions of any kind which may be brought for or against them in any court of this State. With respect to all of the foregoing, the counsel and attorneys shall be independent of any supervision or control by the Attorney General or by the Department of Law and Public Safety, or by any division or officer thereof.

L.1985, c.298, s.6; amended 1987,c.243; 1989,c.248,s.2.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:56.

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