The Public Trustee is the person appointed by the Provincial Government under the Public Trustee Act, 2009 to protect the financial assets and well-being of clients of the Office of the Public Trustee. Though appointed by the Provincial Government, the Office of the Public Trustee is a Crown corporation created by legislation and operates fully independent of Government.
Generally, clients of the Office of the Public Trustee are determined either by orders of the Court on application of a family member, or by legislation. Clients can include:
Once appointed, the Public Trustee may perform any of the following duties:
The function of the Public Trustee can vary widely depending on the type client. In the case of the Estate of a deceased person, the Public Trustee will secure and gather all of the property and assets of the deceased person, determine what debts are owed to and by the Estate, and, if there are funds available in the Estate, pay all debts and distribute the balance of the Estate to the persons entitled as determined by the Will or by legislation.
In the case of children, the Public Trustee will hold funds in trust for that child until he or she reaches the age of 19, at which time the funds will be released to the child. Until the age of 19, where funds are required for the maintenance or education of the child, as determined by Court Order, a part of the funds can be released for those purposes.
For mentally disabled persons, the Public Trustee will look after and manage the day to day financial affairs of the person, including regular bills and accommodations. In the event that a Court determines that the person is well enough to again look after his or her own affairs all money and assets held by the Public Trustee for that person will be returned as quickly as possible.
The Public Trustee generally does not act in the capacity of guardian of the person, and so does not make decisions concerning a client’s medical care.
Further information concerning Estate Administration is available in this brochure (156KB)
Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (except 4:00 pm during summer months) and enquiries can be directed to: