OPG - Blog

OPG - Blog

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September 25, 2020
The Office of Public Guardian is hiring for an Associate Public Guardian in Norfolk, NE! This vacancy is due to a growing need for public guardianship in northeast Nebraska! For more information and/or to apply, click HERE .Read more
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September 22, 2020
Winter is coming! Is your ward entitled to energy assistance to assist with offsetting the cost of the heating bill? The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. LIHEAP provides heating assistance...Read more
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July 24, 2020
One of our jobs as guardians and conservators is to file an annual report. The courts require specific information and documentation to ensure that the affairs of the ward or protected person are being handled properly. This year there are some changes that you should be aware of. Please watch this...Read more
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July 20, 2020
Hello guardians and/or conservators! We know how tough this job can be, and we want you to know that we appreciate you. If you're struggling with some aspect of guardianship or conservatorship, please feel free to contact an associate public guardian in your area. We will try to answer your...Read more
white printer paper with black text about 2020 Census
July 14, 2020
Hello guardians and conservators! Today we've got census resources to share. The response deadline is October 31st, and if you haven't responded yet, a census worker may be knocking on your door soon. Click the links below for general info, including why your response matters, how to respond, and...Read more
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July 9, 2020
As a guardian or conservator, part of your job is to help your ward make decisions, or, when they aren't able, to make decisions on their behalf. We know that this is a heavy responsibility, but there is guidance avaliable. Wednesday, July 29th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT, The National Center on Law...Read more
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June 25, 2020
Hello guardians and conservators! COVID19 is a serious concern, and we applaud efforts to prevent spread and to stay informed about this ever-changing situation, but we urge you and your wards/protected persons to please be cautious and aware of possible scams. Please click the link below to...Read more
older man facing young man with Down Syndrome - smiling and laughing at each other
June 24, 2020
Are you passionate about and committed to serving those in need? If you have the time and desire, the Office of Public Guardian has a challenging volunteer opportunity for you. The OPG provides legal guardianship for people who have no one else in their lives to step into that role. Sometimes, a...Read more
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June 24, 2020
Are you exploring opportunites to make a difference? If becoming a court visitor is something you'd like to know more about, please review the information below, taken from https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/programs-services/office-public-guardian/internships-externships-volunteer-programs . Court...Read more
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June 23, 2020
Whether you are exploring guardianship for the first time or you're an experienced guardian wondering if there are other possibilities, welcome! We understand that this can be a confusing journey. Guardianship should always be a last resort. But what are some other, less restrictive options? How...Read more
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June 19, 2020
Has the current pandemic made your job as a guardian and/or conservator more difficult? Perhaps you've been unable to visit your ward, or have concerns about their risk level. This situation is unique and you many have many questions and concerns. We hope that this list of guardian-specific...Read more
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June 18, 2020
The reasons for mediation vary widely, but if you or your ward have tried to resolve a problem with someone in the ward's network without success, a conversation facilitated by a neutral party could help you discover a solution. See the information below, taken from the "Mediation" section of our "...Read more
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June 18, 2020
Recently, we provided a resource to introduce you to Medicare (you can see that post here ). But what should you do If your ward/protected person can't afford Medicare premiums? Start here to see if they qualify for assistance: https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/get-help-paying-costs/...Read more
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June 17, 2020
Medicare can be confusing for even the most seasoned recipient, and there is information everywhere. If you are ready to explore Medicare for your ward, follow the link below for a straightforward introduction. https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/get-started-with-medicareRead more
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June 17, 2020
If you have determined that selling your ward's/protected person's personal property is in their best interest, you can begin to familiarize yourself with the process using this information, taken from the "Frequently Asked Questions..." section of our "Resources for Private Guardians and...Read more
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June 15, 2020
Hello Guardians! We hope you're having a wonderful week. If your ward faces both substance abuse and mental illness, you probably know that finding help can be a challenge. Many programs that treat mental illness don't have the capacity to treat substance abuse and vice versa. CenterPointe offers a...Read more
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June 12, 2020
Start your search for a lawyer with this guidance, taken from the Legal Resources section of our Resources for Private Guardians and Conservators page: A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive...Read more
checkbook duplicate, post-it note, and white printer papers showing text about taxes in a beige folder on a black surface with a cup of coffee and iPhone in a yellow case with calculator feature
June 12, 2020
Have you filed your ward's taxes yet? He or she may be eligible for free tax preparation. The filing deadline this year is July 15th. If you still need help, you can reach out to the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition for assistance. Check out these FAQs , and when you're ready to move forward,...Read more
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June 11, 2020
Hello guardians and conservators! If your ward experiences limited mobility, seizures, or diabetes, a service dog could provide valuable assistance. Emotional support dogs offer companionship and comfort. Visit http://www.domesti-pups.org/service-pups.html to learn more about service or emotional...Read more
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June 11, 2020
Is there any special equipment that could make your ward’s home or work life more manageable? It can be difficult to understand and locate options. Assistive Technology Partnership can work with you and your ward to determine best options and connect you with possible funding sources. You can...Read more

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