The public administrator shall apply for and may, with the approval of the clerk of
superior court, obtain letters on the estates of decedents when:
(1) It is brought to the public administrator's attention that a period of six months
has elapsed from the death of any decedent who has died owning property, and no letters
testamentary, or letters of administration or collection, have been applied for or
issued to any person; or
(2) Any person without known heirs shall die intestate owning property; or
(3) Any person entitled to apply for letters of administration shall, in writing,
request the clerk to issue letters to the public administrator as provided in G.S. 28A-5-2(c).
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