Public Administrator

The Public Administrator is responsible for administering the estates of those who die in Butte County who:

  • Are residents of Butte County
  • Are without relatives in California
  • With or without a will
  • When the family is unable/unwilling to act as administrator
  • When appointed by the Court

The duties of the Public Administrator include:

  • Protecting a decedent's property from waste, loss or theft
  • Making appropriate arrangements for burial
  • Investigating to discover all of the decedents assets
  • Locating those entitled to inherit from the estate
  • Paying the decedents bills

The Public Administrator also handles the County's burial/cremation services for indigent decedents who are residents of Butte County at the time of death.