How much does the Public Administrator charge for its services?

California law provides a statutory fee for the personal representative / administrator of an estate. The Public Administrator is allowed the same compensation as private administrators. The allowable fees are based on the value of the estate accounted for as follows:

- 4% of the first $100,000

- 3% of the next $100,000

- 2% of the next $800,000

- 1% of the next $9,000,000

- 0.5% on the next $15,000,000

- Amounts over $25,000,000 to be determined by the court


The law also provides for statutory attorney’s fees based on the same fee schedule as that of the administrator. The Court may also allow extraordinary fees to the administrator and his/her attorneys for services such as preparation of tax returns, sale of estate property, and litigation to collect assets or defend actions brought against the estate. The Probate Court must review and approve all requests for fees at the time any administrator presents a final accounting to the Court.


Public Administrator fees are deposited in the Nevada County General Fund and used to pay for the costs of administering estate.  The Public Administrator can be reached at (530) 265-1471 for additional questions.

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1. How does the Public Administrator’s Office get involved in a case?
2. How does someone report such a case?
3. What are the primary duties of the Public Administrator?
4. Will the Public Administrator make funeral arrangements?
5. What is a formal probate proceeding?
6. Is there a less complicated way of handling small estates?
7. Should a beneficiary hire an attorney to represent his or her interests if the Public Administrator is acting as administrator?
8. Is the Public Administrator bonded?
9. Is estate property ever sold?
10. How does the Public Administrator sell the estate?
11. Can anyone bid on real estate property?
12. Can the Public Administrator or his/her staff buy estate property?
13. Who can make a claim against the estate?
14. During administration, do funds held by the Public Administrator earn interest?
15. Do estate beneficiaries receive a full accounting of the estate administration?
16. How long does it take for the estate to be distributed to the heirs?
17. How much does the Public Administrator charge for its services?
18. Are heirs required to advance funds necessary for the administration of the estate (court costs, insurance and storage costs, etc.) in those cases where estate funds are not immediately available?
19. How can a beneficiary or other interested person help to speed up the administration?