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About us

The Public Trustee offers a range of free and fee-based community services accessible to all Western Australians, including:

  • preparing and giving advice on making sound Wills that nominate the Public Trustee as Executor, or that nominate a private Executor
  • safe custody of Western Australian Wills in the WA Will bank
  • preparing Enduring Powers of Attorney (legal documents for a person to give the legal authority to make financial and legal decisions on their behalf to another person, called the Donee) and acting as Donee under an EPA
  • administering the deceased estates of those who nominate the Public Trustee as Executor or where Executors approach the Public Trustee to administer the estate
  • assisting private Executors to perform parts of their role, such as obtaining the Grant of Probate, as part of our Executor Assist service
  • managing the financial affairs, when appointed by the State Administrative Tribunal, of people who have been deemed incapable of managing their own (for example, due to dementia or intellectual disability)
  • acting as Trustee for people under the age of 18 (minors)
  • acting as Trustee (when appointed by the courts) to manage monies awarded as a result of criminal injuries or personal injuries compensation
  • providing support and examining the accounts of over 1,500 private administrators who are usually family members or close friends appointed by the State Administrative Tribunal to manage the financial affairs of another person who lacks the ability to manage their own.

Last updated: 4-Dec-2015

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