Coroner - Public Administrator Bureau
The Coroner investigates all deaths reportable to the coroner, safeguards the property of the deceased, notifies and counsels next of kin, conducts inquests, administers estates, and provides burial for indigent persons.
The Sheriff-Coroner is also the Public Administrator in Humboldt County. This is a related but separate responsibility. The Public Administrator is an advocate of the decedent and his/her heirs. The Sheriff-Coroner will administer or probate an estate which is intestate (without a Will) at the request of the heirs, or when the heirs decline to act, or when there is a will and the executor/executrix request by the Public Administrator, or when there are no known heirs, or when appointed to do so by the Superior Court.
We at the Coroner-Public Administrator's Office extend our deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time. We would be pleased to talk with you and your family about your special needs or circumstances. Please feel free to call during normal business hours.
- Why is the Coroner involved?
- Where will my relative/friend be taken?
- Why is my family member/friend being taken to the Coroner's Office
- What is an autopsy?
- Will an autopsy be performed?
- Who will perform the autopsy?
- Will the autopsy affect funeral arrangements?
- How will an autopsy benefit me or my family?
- How long will it take before my relative/friend is released from the Coroner's Office?
- Could there be a religious conflict?
- What about tissue/organ donation?
- Will the Coroner charge me?
- Is it necessary for me to come to the Coroner's Office to identify the body?
- Is viewing or visitation allowed?
- When will a death certificate be available?
- Where can I obtain a death certificate?
- Will a Coroner's report be available?
- How can personal possessions be claimed?
- What items will not be released?
- I need to enter my relative/friends residence, but it is sealed. What can I do?
- What should I do now?
- Who is the legal next of kin?
- My relative/friend was in the military. Who can I contact for information?
- What can I do if there are no funds for burial?
- How can the Public Administrator benefit me or my family?
- What will the Public Administrator cost?