What are the primary duties of the Public Administrator?

The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as a private administrator, some of which are to:

- Conduct a thorough investigation to discover all assets.

- Ensure all estate benefits are applied for and received.

- Ensure that the estate is administered according to the decedent’s wishes.

- Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that these individuals receive their inheritance.

- Make arrangements for the disposition of the decedent’s remains.

- Pay decedent’s bills and taxes.
Protect the decedent’s property from waste, loss, fraud or theft.

In performing these functions, the Public Administrator is required to maintain a fully documented audit trail to make certain that each and every asset is accounted for and distributed. For more information please call 530-265-1471.

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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?