Public Administrator

The Public Administrator is authorized to protect the assets of decedents when no executor or administrator has been appointed to the estate, when property belonging to the person's estate is at risk of loss, damage or misappropriation or when ordered to by the Court.

When the Public Administrator's office becomes aware of an estate that needs administration, they have the responsibility of attempting to locate a will, the next of kin and protect all assets of the estate. The Public Administrator liquidates and disburses the estate according to the decedent's will, if there is one, or according to probate code.