Public Administrator

Office of the Public Administrator

About the Public Administrator's Office

The Public Administrator acts on behalf of the citizens of St. Louis before the Probate Division of the St. Louis Circuit Court. The Public Administrator takes charge of the assets of City residents who die without family or a last will and testament. In this capacity, the Public Administrator begins a Probate proceeding for those assets, pays the claims of any creditor of the deceased, and distributes any remaining assets to surviving relatives, if any.

More information is available on the Probate Division of the 22nd Circuit Court

The Probate Division sometimes appoints the Public Administrator to act as Guardian for the mentally ill or developmentally disabled adults whom the Probate Division has determined are unable to meet their essential needs for food, shelter and clothing. In this capacity, the Public Administrator is called upon to consent to the admission of these Wards to nursing homes and residential care facilities and to see that they receive proper medical, psychiatric and therapeutic care. Currently, the Public Administrator is updating its computer data bases and telephone service so that it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve as Guardian for these four hundred or more citizens of St. Louis.


Helpful Numbers 

The following resource may assist with probate questions:

Information 314-622-4238
Cashier/Audit   314-622-4305
Copy Clerk/File Room 314-622-4238
Inventory/Settlement Clerk  314-622-4303
Legal Counsel  314-622-4676
Issue Department  314-622-3395
Issue Department  314-622-4557
Mental Health  314-622-4676 


Name: Public Administrator
Phone: 3146224394
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Fax: 3146217189
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Address 1: 10 N. Tucker
Address 2: Civil Courts Building, Room 101, 1st Floor
Contact City: St. Louis
Contact State: Missouri
Contact Zip: 63101-2044
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
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