Public Administrator

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For more information about Public Administrator send us an email or phone 858-694-3500.

5560 Overland Ave, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92123

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.


Making a Referral to the Public Administrator

To make a Public Administrator referral, please complete the “County of San Diego Public Administrator Investigation On-line” referral form. The form must be filled out with your contact information so that we may contact you for further information during the investigation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (858) 694-3500.


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Estate Administration

The following three documents provide a summary of services and answers to questions frequently asked by our customers.