I found a house free and clear then found something of which I need some help understanding. After looking up records and other information it looks as if the owner passed away in 2007. He paid the house off before he passed. It is now showing the Merced County Conservatorship as the owner. It has had renters through the years as well. I thought that when someone dies, the family must go through probate or at least prove a will if one was created. If no family members are present then I was under the impression that the county public administrator comes in to liquidate all assets and then diligently locate any heirs. On the house I found the County Conservatorship now owes the home and has so since 2007, collecting rents too! Please help me understand this because aren't they superposed to sell the house then the proceeds go to the state if no heirs are found?
Who signed the deed? Also go talk with the renters.
Probate is not an automatic nor a required action. Someone has to initiate it.
Perhaps a definition of what a Conservator is will help.
Legal Basis: According to the Probate Code, a conservator may be appointed for a person who is unable to provide properly for his or her personal needs for physical health, food, clothing or shelter or for persons substantially unable to manage their financial resources or resist fraud or undue influence.Purpose: To protect and arrange care for the conservatee, to protect their rights and manage their financial resources.
There is a "conservatee" that is the beneficiary of the estate, and the County Conservator has the duty to act on their behalf.
So what happens when the person dies? The county keeps the property and any proceeds from it?
It is clear the County Conservator holds title.
You can look up the court case records & piece the facts together.
Not enough information to assume. There could be other heirs in line for inheritance.
There is a whole process before a property will escheat to the state.
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