The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is a corporation sole established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act. Catherine M. Romanko is the Public Guardian and Trustee.
The mandate of the PGT is to:
- Protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years;
- Protect the legal, financial, personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making; and
- Administer estates of deceased persons and missing persons.
The PGT provides services through 261 funded employee positions to approximately 30,300 clients and administers approximately $893 million of trust assets.
When managing the financial affairs of an individual, estate or trust, the PGT observes prudent business practices and is bound by both common law and statutory fiduciary principles associated with a Trustee or Agent.
As a result of obligations created by statutory law, the PGT exercises quasi judicial authority in specific situations. In addition, the PGT provides the court with reliable and independent advice when the property or financial interests of minors, adults with legal disabilities, or estates, are at risk.
In carrying out its client decision making responsibilities, the PGT is independent of government.
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