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Public Administrator

As Elko County Public Administrator, Debra Armuth, is an elected Officer entrusted to oversee the administration of the estates of persons deceased in Elko County who have no qualified person willing or able to administer. 

Nevada Revised Statute For Public Administrators
NRS 253.0405 Circumstances under which public administrator may secure property of deceased.  Before the issuance of the letters of administration for an estate, before filing an affidavit to administer an estate pursuant to NRS 253.0403 or before petitioning to have an estate set aside pursuant to NRS 253.0425, the public administrator may secure the property of a deceased person if the administrator finds that:      
1.  There are no relatives of the deceased who are able to protect the property; or
2.  Failure to do so could endanger the property. (Added to NRS by 1983, 1597; A 1991, 197; 1999, 918; 2009, 2269)

When the Public Administrator Steps In
In accordance with state law, the Elko County Public Administrator's Office must ensure that the property of a deceased person is safeguarded. If The Elko County Sheriff’s Office or Coroner are unable to locate a family member when a death occurs, they will request the assistance of the Elko County Public Administrator's Office.

The administrator is required by state law to ensure that the property of the deceased is secured until a relative or other designated person can claim the property.

These conditions apply when:

  • There are no known heirs.
  • No executor has been appointed and as a result, the estate, or any part, is being 
       wasted, uncared for or lost.
  • The named executor of a will fails to act.
  • The will names the Elko County Public Administrator as executor.
  • An heir or heirs wish to have the estate administered for them by the Public 
         Administrator.