Public Trustee Role
The Directorate is mandated to administer estates of persons of unsound mind and preservation and protection of estates of minors. In Uganda, the Public Trustee is established by an Act of Parliament that is Chapter 161 of the laws of Uganda. It is a corporation sole with capacity to sue and be sued.
Section 2 of the Public Trustee Act, appoints the Administrator General as the Public Trustee. The Administrator General acts as trustee for estates where there are minors and persons of unsound mind.
As a Public Trustee of deceased person’s estates, the Directorate has a responsibility to set trusts and investments for minors and persons of unsound mind.
The Administrator General also has to ensure that the welfare of minors and persons of unsound mind and their rights are well protected. In fulfillment of this mandate, usually applications for issuance of certificates of no objection in cases where there are minors and persons of unsound mind are vetted strictly to ensure they are granted to responsible persons.