You can find this information and more in The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia’s book, It’s In Your Hands. For the chapter Public Trustee, click here

The Public Trustee's Office has the authority to manage the financial and health care needs for certain people when no one else is willing, suitable, or able to act. It is independent of the provincial government.

The Public Trustee can act as:

  • a representative for an adult,
  • a guardian for a child,
  • a custodian or trustee of a person who cannot care for their own affairs, or
  • the executor or administrator of the estate of a person who has died.

It gets its power from Nova Scotia’s Public Trustee Act.

Last reviewed: February 2023