The Public Administrator manages estates and makes final
arrangements for Sacramento County residents who die without a will or any known
relatives able or willing to act on the decedent's behalf to manage and resolve
the estate. Working through appropriate methods of probate, the Public
Administrator manages the estate until proper distribution is completed.
The Public Guardian provides guardianship assistance for the
estate of a minor when the estate assets are considered substantial and the
parents are not available. However, conservatorship for the minor is not
provided. Guardianships may be terminated when the ward reaches the age of
majority, upon the death of the ward, or by court order.
The Public Conservator arranges for the
personal care of an individual or the management of his or her financial
affairs. Working under appointment by the court, a conservator may be assigned
to either a person or an estate, or both.
The conservator of a person arranges for:
- Food and clothing
- Housekeeping and personal care
- Transportation and recreation
The conservator of an estate:
- Manages all aspects of the conservatee’s finances
- Locates, controls, and protects the conservatee’s assets
There are two units within the office of the Public
Our LPS (Lanterman, Petris, Short Act)
Unit assists those who are:
- Gravely disabled due to a mental disorder or chronic alcoholism
- Referred by a psychiatrist associated with a Short-Doyle facility, veteran’s
hospital or state hospital
- Approved for conservatorship following an investigation and court
Our Probate Unit provides a conservator when a person
- Unable to provide for his or her physical needs (safety, food, shelter, and
clothing), or manage financial resources
- Referred by a relative, friend, public official, public agencies, or the
- Approved for conservatorship following an investigation and court hearing.