Chapter 2.22
ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES

Sections:

2.22.010    Public Administrator and County Counsel estate administration duties.

2.22.010 Public Administrator and County Counsel estate administration duties.

(A)    Except as hereinafter provided, the County Counsel shall act as attorney for the Public Administrator in all estates in which he is executor, administrator with the will annexed, or administrator. In such matters, the County Counsel and Public Administrator shall collect the fees allowed by law and pay them into the County Treasury.

(B)(1)    The Public Administrator is authorized to act as executor, administrator, or administrator with the will annexed, and use the services of a private attorney in the following cases:

(a)    The private attorney or another member of the same law firm prepared the will under which the Public Administrator is appointed as executor;

(b)    The private attorney has been selected by a resident of the United States who personally, or whose nominee, would be entitled to appoint as administrator or as administrator with the will annexed prior to the public administrator, but who has chosen to nominate the public administrator to act as administrator or as administrator with the will annexed.

(2)    In the above cases, the Public Administrator shall collect the executor’s or administrator’s fees allowed by law and pay them into the County Treasury.

(C)    The provisions of subsections (A) and (B) of this section shall not apply to those estates in which the Public Administrator was appointed as executor, administrator with the will annexed, or administrator prior to the effective date of said provisions.

(D)    It is unlawful for the Public Administrator, or any of his employees, to refer any person wishing to execute a will, or any relative of a decedent or other beneficiary of an estate, to a private attorney or private law firm. Referrals of persons to a lawyers’ reference service shall not be considered a violation of this section. [Ord. 2615, 1979; Ord. 1344, 1968; prior code § 2.05.071].