Office of the Public Guardian

Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of Public Guardian is designed to serve as the guardian or conservator for an individual when no other alternative is available.

In addition to providing the means of last resort as guardians or conservators for those situations where no family member or suitable individual is available, the Office of Public Guardian provides education, training, and support for volunteer and family guardians and conservators, and recruits individuals to serve as guardians and conservators for Nebraska’s vulnerable individuals. 

The work of the Office of Public Guardian is guided by the Advisory Council on Public Guardianship. Work was begun on January 1, 2015, to develop the processes, guidelines, plans and personnel policies to implement the Public Guardianship Act. 

Public Guardianship Act

The Office of Public Guardian was established by the Nebraska Legislature in 2014.  The responsibilities of the Office and Advisory Council are set out in Nebr. Rev. Stat. Sections 30-4101 to 30-4118.

Duties of the Office of Public Guardian 

Office of Public Guardian Service Areas

This map details the service areas.

Associate Public Guardians

This listing provides photos and biographies of Nebraska's Associate Public Guardians, Associate Public Guardian Legal Counsels, and Associate Public Guardian Senior Legal Counsel with their service locations.


Introduction to the Nebraska Office of Public Guardian by Michelle Chaffee

2017 Implementation and Data Report

2016 Report, Nebraska Office of Public Guardian

2015 Annual Report, Nebraska Office of Public Guardian


The Office of Public Guardian has volunteer internships available for college undergraduate and graduate students in law, criminal justice, nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, gerontology, business, accounting, public administration and other similar academic programs. Volunteer Internships are available for spring, summer and fall semesters.

Students should have the highest personal and academic references. Criminal background check will be required. Inquiries should be directed to Linda Kallhoff, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at


If you would like someone from the Office of Public Guardian to do a presentation for your group or agency, please click here and follow the link that reads: "Request Judicial Branch Staff Speakers" to complete the request form.


Michelle Chaffee, Director
Office of the Public Guardian
1540 South 70th Street, Suite 202
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 471-2862