The Public Trustee will, in certain situations, manage a deceased person's estate.
Note: Staff travel to communities where no resident staff exist.
An estate is what a person owns, such as money, life insurance, land, vehicles, stocks, bonds, jewellery, personal possessions, and household effects. The estate also includes items that may be owing to a person when they die, such as final wages, income tax refunds, and Canada Pension Plan contributions.
The Public Trustee can only administer an estate when:
- the deceased person stated in a will that the Public Trustee was to administer the estate;
- a person dies without leaving a will and there is no one else to look after the estate;
- the family of the deceased states, in writing, that it consents to the appointment of Public Trustee as administrator;
- the only beneficiaries are children;
- the beneficiary is a spouse and a senior citizen (over the age of 65); or
- when the beneficiary is mentally incapable.
Generally outside of Yellowknife, the Public Trustee may rely upon the Government Service Officers, especially in cases where a unilingual person is seeking service.