The Public Guardian and Trustee may administer the estates of those who have no known next-of-kin.
A will is one of the most important documents that you should complete in your lifetime. A will is a legal document that sets out what you want done with your possessions after you die, and may include instructions for your burial or cremation. A will is the key element of estate planning and provides you with peace of mind that comes with knowing all your estate matters will be dealt with according to your wishes. Without a will, settling your estate could be more complicated and costly to your loved ones.
*Please note that the Public Guardian and Trustee can charge fees for the services provided.
Estate Administration Publications
Estate Administration Forms
Rules and Forms - Supreme Court Rule 64 or 65 and forms 74-89 apply to estate administration depending on the case.
Form 4 - Requisition for Letters of Administration
Form 4 - Requisition for Grant of Probate
Form 72 – Affidavit of Executor
Form 73 - Affidavit of Notice of Application (with Exhibit)
(Use if the deceased died with a will. Serve on the Public Guardian and Trustee if a beneficiary is under 19 years of age or is an incapable adult - include the date of birth and current address of any beneficiary younger than 19 years old.)
Form 74 - Affidavit of Administrator
Form 75 - Affidavit of Administrator (Will annexed)
Form 76 - Notice to Next of Kin
(Use if the deceased died without a will. Serve on the Public Guardian and Trustee if a beneficiary is under 19 years of age or is an incapable adult - include the date of birth and current address of any beneficiary younger than 19 years old.)
Form 115 - Grant of Probate
Form 116 - Letters of Administration
Who is Considered a Common-law Spouse?
As of April 1, 1999, the Estate Administration Act defines common-law spouse as:
Additional Terms Related to Estate Administration (not included in List of Key Words publication)
Codicil - A formal supplement or an addition to the will made by the testator. It modifies, adds, subtracts from, qualifies, alters, restrains or revokes provisions in a will. It must be prepared and executed in the same manner as a will.
To Devise or Bequeath - To give a gift (can be worded in a will as "I give").
Holograph Will - A will written entirely in the handwriting of the deceased and signed and dated by him or her is considered a valid will in Yukon. A holograph will does not require a signature by a witness. Will forms purchased in stationary stores are not holograph wills.