Public administrators are appointed by the governor in parishes with populations over 100,000 (Orleans and Jefferson) to administer the estates of persons dying with no surviving spouse or heir present or represented in the state.
The mission of the Public Administrators Program is to administer, in those parishes with populations over 100,000, the estates of persons dying with no surviving spouse or heir present or represented in the state.
The goals of the Public Administrators Program are:
1. Have an effective, efficient, and modern program.
2. Provide the highest quality of service to taxpayers.
3. Improve voluntary compliance by coroner's offices, banks, hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes, and other organizations in providing notification that a person has died and has no surviving spouse or heirs.
The duties of public administrators are: bury the decedent; marshall and account for the decedent's assets; pay the decedent's debts and outstanding taxes due; and conduct a search for potential heirs. At the conclusion of the estate's administration, the public administrator holds the funds for one year awaiting claims by potential heirs. After this period, the succession's assets are transferred to the state treasurer. Potential heirs have ten years in which to assert their rights to the succession. The public administrator also asserts the state's interest in estates that escheat to the state as vacant successions where no heirs exist. The statutory 2.5% administrator's fee is requested from the court in all cases handled by the public administrator. This ensures that the public administrator is treated the same as private administrators and that the state realizes recompense for the office, even in cases where heirs finally claim the estate.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Public Administrators Program will administer the estates of persons dying with no surviving spouse of heir present or represented in the state; bury the decedents, marshall and account for decedents' assets, pay decedents' debts and outstanding taxes due, and search for potential heirs.
1 The number of estates closed and value of estates handled by the public administrators are outside the control of the administrator. The number of estates closed by the public administrators can be projected at current levels. However, the value of those estates and the amount of monies remitted to the State Treasurer's Office cannot be forecast with any degree of certainty.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The source of funding is state general fund direct.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 99.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.3% of the total request (44,472) for this program. The decrease in the total recommended level is due to the decrease in the state employees' retirement rate.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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