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In several states, an office exists called the Public Administrator,

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In several states, an office exists called the Public Administrator, whose job it is to determine whether a decedent, who dies intestate, has any living heirs. If the decedent does not have heirs, the Public Administrator is responsible for arranging burial and satisfying debts through the estate, if possible. There does not seem to be a Public Administrator office in Philadelphia, or elsewhere in Pennsylvania. How is the estate handled in PA for a decedent who dies intestate without evidence heirs?

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In Pennsylvania it is called the Registers of Wills. Each county typically has its own website for its registry. Here is a link to a list of all county contact provided by a

If there are no heirs including aunts uncles cousins etc., then the estate will be distributed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Here is a link to the relevant State statute related to intestate succession:

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