Public Administrator

The Public Administrator investigates and may administer estates of persons who die with no will, when there is no next of kin, when there is no one else willing or able to act on behalf of the decedent, or when appointed by the court because of a contested will or other extraordinary situation.  The overall goal is to carry out the wishes of the decedent when known.  


The Public Administrator no longer handles indigent cremations for the county. The Coroner/Sheriff is now handling indigent cremations. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (831) 636-4080 for further information.


The Public Administrator has the same duties and functions as private administrators.  They are able to:

  • Protect the decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft;
  • Make appropriate burial arrangements;
  • Conduct thorough investigations to discover all assets;
  • Ensure the estate is administered according to the decedent’s wishes;
  • Pay decedent’s bills and taxes;
  • Locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that these individuals receive their inheritance.


Click here to view unclaimed estates.


Melinda Casillas is also the County Tax Collector and the Treasurer.



440 Fifth St., Room 106

Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 636-4043

Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday thru Friday




  • New Year’s Day
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  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The Day After Thanksgiving
  • December 24th from 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Christmas Day