Wills and Estates Program

We help to manage the estates of deceased, minor or mentally incompetent status First Nations individuals who were residents on a reserve. Estate administration is a private family matter, and we will not step in unless no eligible person is willing and able. We also help First Nations people administer estates themselves.

We can appoint a family member, anyone named in the Will, or anyone else the family members choose. A family member is in the best position to administer the estate to everyone's satisfaction. If no-one is available, AANDC can act as the administrator of last resort.

If the person is not registered under the Indian Act, did not live on crown land set aside for the use and benefit of a First Nation or is a member of a self-governing First Nation and has no next of kin, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee is able to arrange for the administration of their estate.

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