The office of the Public Administrator investigates, protects, and administers estates of Placer County decedents who have no known relatives who are willing and able to administer their estate. The process may include securing and protecting valuables against loss (including those held by financial institutions), seeing to the final disposition of the decedent’s remains, locating possible next of kin to perform as administrators of the estate, or, if none are found, County administration of the decedent’s estate.
The duties of the Public Administrator include:
Protect decedents' estates against waste, loss, or misappropriation
Conduct an on-site investigation to locate information leading to the identity of next of kin (blood relatives or adopted children), wills, pre-planned funeral arrangements, estate assets and debts
Reach out to known next of kin to determine their willingness and ability to administer the estate
Make arrangements for the decedent's final disposition
Petition the court to be appointed administrator of the estate
Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate
Manage, store, and/or sell real and personal property on behalf of the estate
Pay outstanding bills and taxes owed by the decedent
Ensure that identified heirs receive their rightful inheritance
For questions regarding the Public Administrator's office, please call 530-886-2900.