Public Administrator Bureau
ESTATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION
The Public Administrator bureau is charged with investigating and administering the estates of Riverside County residents who pass away without someone available or willing to settle their affairs. The powers of the Public Administrator are mandated by the Probate Code of the State of California.
The Public Administrator should be notified by anyone (mortuary, hospital, skilled nursing facility, or private citizen) who has knowledge of an estate of a decedent under the following circumstances:
- Where there are no known next of kin.
- When no executor or administrator has been appointed and the estate is being wasted, uncared for or lost.
- When an heir, or heirs, wish to have the Public Administrator settle the estate for them.
The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as a private administrator which include:
- Protecting the decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft.
- Searching for family.
- Making appropriate funeral and burial arrangements.
- Conducting thorough investigations to discover all of the decedent’s assets.
- 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.
INDIGENT BURIAL/CREMATION PROGRAM
The Public Administrator has been managing the County’s Indigent Burial and Cremation program since 1986 and currently contracts with Rubidoux Mortuary/Kimberly Family Chapel to provide low-cost cremations and burials to qualified families. These families are required to repay the loan in small increments.
For additional information on the program as well as the application please click here.
Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner
800 South Redlands Avenue
Perris, CA 92570