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Nova Scotia. Public Trustee

Other forms of name:
Nova Scotia. Administrator of Estates

In 1909 the Attorney General was first empowered to administer the estates of intestate or heirless persons. In 1969 a separate and independent official administrator was appointed, with the status of a corporation sole. In 1973 the Administrator of Estates was superseded by the Public Trustee and the scope of the office expanded from administering the estates of deceased persons to include managing the estates of minors and incompetent persons. The Public Trustee, who must be a lawyer with ten years' standing, may be guardian, custodian and executor or administrator, as well as trustee.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1909 c. 2, 1929 c. 47, 1967 c. 16, 1973 c. 12. 2008 c. 4 (Part VI).



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