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Public Administrator/Public Guardian protects and manages the estates of decedents and at-risk individuals who are unable to make decisions. The Public Administrator administers estates of persons who die with no will or without an appropriate person to act as an administrator; protects the decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft and ensures the estate is administered according to the decedent’s wishes.
The Public Administrator is charged with investigating and administering the estates of persons who die with no will, or without an appropriate person willing or able to act as an administrator. The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as private administrators which include:
- Protecting the decedent's property from waste, loss or theft
- Making appropriate funeral and burial arrangements
- Conducting thorough investigations to discover all of the decedent's assets
- Collecting all dues owed to the estate
- Ensuring all estate benefits are applied for and received
- Paying the decedent's bills and taxes
- Ensuring the estate is administered according to the decedent's wishes
- Locating persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensuring these individuals receive their inheritance and maintaining a fully documented audit trail to make certain that each and every asset is accounted for and distributed appropriately
In the County of San Diego, the Public Administrator also serves as the Public Guardian, but the functions of each program are distinct. Services provided by the Office of the Public Administrator/Public Guardian are authorized by California Statute and monitored by the Probate Division of the Superior Court of California.
Referrals to the Public Administrator
To make a Public Administrator referral, please complete the online Request for Public Administrator Investigation.
Public Administrator's Office
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123
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