California Probate Code §7600 et seq describes the powers and responsibilities of the Shasta County Public Administrator.
There are a variety of ways that the Public Administrator is notified of estates that require administration. The Coroner's Office, Public Guardians Office, other public employees, hospitals and concerned citizens notify the Public Administrator when there has been a death and there is no known next of kin. When the Public Administrator becomes aware of an estate that needs administration, he/she has the responsibility of attempting to locate a will, the next of kin and protect all assets of an estate.
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Lori J. Scott is also the County Treasurer and the Tax Collector.