Public Administrator

The Public Administrator investigates and may administer the estates of San Luis Obispo County residents who die under the following circumstances:

  • With no next of kin.
  • With no appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator.
  • When appointed by the court because of an extraordinary situation.

The duties of the Public Administrator include:

  • Protect the decedent's property from waste, loss, or theft.
  • Conduct a thorough on-site investigation to discover wills, pre-planned funeral arrangements, and estate assets and debts.
  • Make appropriate burial arrangements according to the decedent's will, burial instructions, or department policy.
  • Open a summary or formal probate with the Superior Court when necessary.
  • Manage, insure, and sell real and personal property as required.
  • Pay decedent's bills and taxes
  • Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that these individuals receive their inheritance

Services

Deceased County Resident Estate Administration

The Public Administrator investigates and may administer the estates of San Luis Obispo County residents who die under the following circumstances:

  • With no next of kin.
  • With no appropriate person willing or able to act as administrator.
  • When appointed by the court because of an extraordinary situation.

The duties of the Public Administrator include:

  • Protect the decedent's property from waste, loss, or theft.
  • Conduct a thorough on-site investigation to discover wills, pre-planned funeral arrangements, and estate assets and debts.
  • Make appropriate burial arrangements according to the decedent's will, burial instructions, or department policy.
  • Open a summary or formal probate with the Superior Court when necessary.
  • Manage, insure, and sell real and personal property as required.
  • Pay decedent's bills and taxes.
  • Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that these individuals receive their inheritance.