When it appears no one with higher authority pursuant to the Probate Code is acting to handle the decedent’s estate, it is the duty of the Public Administrator to make a diligent search for a will
We are JC public administrator
In a case where the next of kin have not been located and no one asserts a higher priority for appointment, the Investigation Deputy will prepare a petition to the Orange County Superior Court asking the Court for the Public Administrator to become the Personal Representative of the estate. Upon appointment by the Court, the decedent’s case will be transferred to an Administration Deputy within the Office of the Public Administrator.
Who We Are
The Office of the JC Public Administrator serves the public by managing the estates of Orange County residents who died without a will or without the appropriate person(s) willing or able to act as executor. This includes the estates of persons who died and the next of kin cannot be located.
What we do
The Public Administrator Deputy may travel to the deceased residence and enter the home with a witness in order to conduct a will search, information about the next of kin or a search for any documents pertaining to a burial or cremation. The decedent’s home will be secured by the Deputy and the Deputy will place Public Administrator seals on the doors.