Wills, Estate Planning and Power of Attorney

Public Advocate of the ACT

Public Advocate of the ACT

The role of the Public Advocate of the ACT (PA ACT) is to protect and promote the rights and interests of our vulnerable citizens in partnership with the ACT community. The functions of the PA ACT include:

  • Advocating for the rights and freedoms of vulnerable persons in our community;
  • Fostering the provision of services and facilities to vulnerable persons in our community;
  • Supporting the establishment and encouraging the development of programs that benefit vulnerable persons in our community;
  • Acting a ‘Guardian of Last Resort’ or ‘Emergency Guardian’ to vulnerable persons in the community where no other persons is found suitable or available; and
  • Representing or supporting vulnerable persons in our community in matters before the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal or a Court.

Public Trustee and Guardian

Public Trustee and Guardian

Public Trustee and Guardian provides permanent and secure Trustee and Administration services to the ACT Community.

Services include -

  • will-making (where the Public Trustee is appointed executor);
  • administering deceased estates under will or in intestacy;
  • asset services under Enduring Power of Attorney;
  • trustee for trusts created in Wills, Deeds and Court Orders for families, infants and people with disabilities;
  • acting as agent for the Territory to receive, manage and dispose of assets forfeited under the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003;
  • administer moneys declared unclaimed under the Unclaimed Money Act 1950, Legal Practitioners Act 2006 andAgents Act 2003, including receiving moneys, processing claims and investing funds;
  • investing moneys held in specified government trust funds;
  • acting for people with disabilities where ordered by a Court;
  • providing an annual examination of the accounts maintained by external managers on behalf of people with impaired decision-making ability; and
  • act as administrator for the ACT Official Visitor Scheme and Chair the Official Visitors Board.

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