Health: Public Administrator Program (5710P)

Program Outcome Statement

Efficient and timely distribution of decedents’ estates.

Program Services

  • Public Administrator
  • Estate Administration: Protection, Liquidation and Distribution of Assets
  • Burial Arrangements


Overview

The Public Administrator (PA) Program serves the public by investigating and administering the estates of persons who die without appropriate representatives available or willing to act as estate administrators. The PA’s primary duties include protecting the decedent’s property from waste, loss, or theft; liquidating assets at public sale to pay the decedent’s bills and taxes; and distributing remaining assets and funds to heirs. The PA acts under the authority of the Superior Court.

Average County Cost per Case Referred to the Public Administrator Exceeding Target

Average Number of Days to Close a Case with a Value of Less than $150K Increased

FY 2018-19 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

The Average County Cost per Case Referred to the Public Administrator

We have and are anticipating closing more large PA estates this year than in the past, which will lead to greater revenue than target.


Average Number of Days to Close a Case with a Value of Less Than $150K

The PA has undergone several improvement events to streamline its processes in the past several years. While the first six months of FY 2018-19 took longer to close a case, we are working towards meeting the target of 548 by year-end. 







Future Priorities

  • Close at least 90 percent of estates valued at less than $150,000 within 548 days of appointment.
  • Continue process improvement work in the Public Administrator Program.

Author: Gina Wilson, Chief Financial Officer, Health System     Contact Email: gwilson@smcgov.org     Last Updated: 01-20-2019