Alberta. Justice and Attorney General

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Alberta. Justice and Attorney General

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Administrative History:;Dates of Founding and/or Dissolution: The Public Trustee was established within the Department of the Attorney General in 1949. Functional Responsibility: The enabling legislation that created the Public Trustee is The Public Trustee Act (S.A. Chapter 85, 1949). The functional responsibility of the Public Trustee is to protect the interests of vulnerable Albertans by administering the estates of dependent adults, decedents and minors. The Public Trustee functions as the government official charged with looking after estates of infants and persons who are deceased, missing, mentally incompetent, serving a term of imprisonment, or who for any other reason are incapable of looking after their own affairs. Predecessor and Successor Bodies: The function of the Public Trustee first existed in the Estates Branch that was established within the Department of the Attorney General in 1906. The Official Guardian Act (S.A. Chapter 19, 1917) established an Offical Guardian to manage the estates of infants. The Public Trustee Act repealed the Official Guardian Act. The Public Trustee, under the enabling legislation, is the successor in office to the Official Guardian, the Administrator of Estates of the Mentally Incompetent and the Public Administrators appointed pursuant to The Judicature Act (S.A. Chapter 129, 1942). Under the provision of the Act, all property vested in these offices, all appointments and duties, all contracts entered into, and all proceedings taken, were to be exercised, continued and carried out by the Public Trustee. Administrative Relationships: The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints a barrister and solicitor of not less than ten years standing to be Public Trustee. The term of the Public Trustee is variable. Administrative Structure: The Public Trustee has existed within the Department as a Branch, and at the turn of the end of the twentieth century, as a major Division. Under the enabling legislation, the Public Trustee can delegate duties to an officer. Names of Chief Officers: L.W. Gardener, 1974-1983; J. Klinck (Acting), 1984-1985; R.G. Drew (Acting), 1985-1986; W.A. deNance, 1986-1991; J. Klinck, 1991-1999.


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