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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Public Trust Office

Public Trust Office.

The Public Trust Office, established by Act of the Legislature in 1872, has been very successful in its operations. Its object was the administration of intestate estates, the executorship of wills, and the administration of trusts under settlements and deeds. A permanent officer is appointed, who can, at the option of those who leave property, be substituted for guardians, and administer the property in their place. The estates of lunatics are vested in the public trustee, as are many native reserves. The investment are under the control of an official Board.