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Franklyn A. Farris
Public Administrator

Address:
300 Center Drive
Riverhead NY 11901

Contact Info:
Phone: 631-852-1753
Fax: 631-852-2740



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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Suffolk County Office of the Public Administrator is primarily to act as fiduciary for estates of deceased persons where, for various reasons, the nominated executors and/or closest relatives cannot act or have been removed as executor or administrator.  Most commonly, this occurs when the decedent's closest relatives are remote and their identity and/or whereabouts remain unknown, even after diligent inquiry by this office.  In that situation, this office is required by statute to administer the estate.

The appointment of this office as fiduciary is by decree of the Suffolk County Surrogate Court.  The Court may also appoint this office to act as trustee of an estate or guardian of the property of an infant or incapacitated person in certain situations.

In its role as court appointed fiduciary, the Public Administrator's office marshals and secures the real and personal property of decedents.  The property is distributed by decree of the Surrogate's Court after the Office of the Public Administrator files its final account.

The Office of the Public Administrator also assists in the burial arrangements for persons who fail to make such arrangements during their life or via a will and who are not survived by known relatives.

REAL PROPERTY AUCTIONS

The Office of the Public Administrator periodically holds auctions for the sale of real property belonging to a decedent's estate.  If you are interested, please click on the Public Administrator web link for information concerning possible upcoming real property auctions.  The Public Administrator's real estate auctions are held at the Suffolk County Surrogate Court building in Riverhead.

Please note - Real property auctions conducted by the Public Administrator differ from those conducted by the Division of Real Property Acquisition and Management (DRPAM) of the Department of Environment & Energy.  If you are interested in these auctions, please go to their website.

 

PUBLIC AUCTION

The Office of the Public Administrator of Suffolk County, State of New York, is offering the following properties for sale at public auction in an "AS IS" condition.

Offers to purchase may be made orally at the time of the public auction.  All offers and bids must be presented with a deposit of 10% of the minimum bid price in either cash, bank or certified check made payable to yourself at the time of auction.  Terms of sale will be read at the time of sale.  The Public Administrator reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All bids, offers and contracts of sale are subject to the approval of the Surrogate's Court of Suffolk County and the Attorney General, where applicable. Purchaser will receive clear title.

Closing will take place within sixty (60) days after the auction.  All other questions to be answered at the time of auction.

PLACE: Suffolk County Center

Surrogate's Court

Riverhead, New York

DIRECTIONS: L.I.E. Exit 71, South on Route 24 to County Center Drive.

DATE OF SALE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

TIME OF SALE: 10:00 A.M.

PLEASE NOTE:

THE PREMISES ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION ONLY ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED.  TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED

Suffolk County Employees and Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Employees and/or their immediate families, whether or not residing with the employees, are barred from participating in this auction. Purchaser will be required to furnish an affidavit at the closing to the effect that the purchaser and/or purchasers are not in such category.  See Paragraph “Ninth” of the Terms of Sale for further information.

 PARCEL I

ESTATE OF

TAX MAP:

PREMISES:

MINIMUM BID:

INSPECTION DATE: Between 10:00 a.m & 2:00 p.m.

Parcel II

Estate of

TAX MAP:

PREMISES:

MINIMUM BID: $

INSPECTION DATE: Between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

PARCEL III

ESTATE OF

TAX MAP:

PREMISES:

MINIMUM BID: $
 
INSPECTION DATE: Between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

PARCEL IV

ESTATE OF

TAX MAP: 

PREMISES:

MINIMUM BID:  $

INSPECTION DATE: Between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

 END OF AUCTION LISTINGS

 

 LEGAL NOTICES

 LEGAL NOTICE 17016765

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Office of the Public Administrator, County of suffolk, New York, is soliciting letters expressing interest in purchasing personal items from an estate.  The Office serves as a fiduciary of estates in situations where there are unknown heirs or the known heirs are unable or unwilling to act as fiduciaries.

Individuals interested in purchasing personal property from an estate, which may include automobiles, trucks, jewerly, furniture, etc., must respond in writing to this notice.  Said response must be signed and be received by the Office of the  Public Administrator.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF SUFFOLK COUNTY

300 CENTER DRIVE

RIVERHEAD, NY 11901-3398

   

LEGAL NOTICE 17016766

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Office of the Public Administrator, County of Suffolk, New York, is formulating a list of outside vendors to provide certain general services and is requesting proposals from vendors for general services.  The Office serves as a fiduciary of estates in situations where there are unknown heirs or the known heirs are unable or unwilling to act as fiduciaries.

On previous occasions, the following services have been required from vendors: fire and liability insurance on vacant and occupied dwellings, surety bonds, funeral services, real estate title, last owner and judgment searched, personal and real property appraisals, stock/bond sales, cleaning, electrical, plumbing, board-up homes , locksmith, towing, investigation, security, translation, container and garbage and other miscellaneous services.

Please send a letter of proposal indicating what work you are interested in performing together with an estimate of costs of your services (i.e., house appraisals - $350.00; winterizing - $275.00; appraisals of personal property - $50.00+; jewelry appraisals - $50.00+ and vehicle appraisals - $50.00+).  Responses should be signed and returned to the Public Administrator of Suffolk County.

IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE AN ESTIMATE OF YOUR FEES TO BE CHARGED, YOU CANNOT BE PLACED ON OUR VENDOR LIST.

SEND YOUR REQUEST TO:

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF SUFFOLK COUNTY

300 CENTER DRIVE

RIVERHEAD, NY 11901-3398

 

END OF PUBLIC NOTICE

 

RELATED LINKS

SUFFOLK COUNTY SURROGATE COURT 
Telephone - (631) 852-1745
Fax - (631) 852-1777

Website - for general information, forms, addresses, law questions, how to find a lawyer -
            

 

NEW YORK STATE COURTS
Website - for comprehensive information on all New York State courts -
www.courts.state.ny.us./courts

 
SUFFOLK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Telephone - (631) 234-5511
Fax - (631) 234-5899