THIS IS A LEGAL APPLICATION TO THE COURT OF QUEENS BENCH
If an individual becomes mentally incapable of making financial decisions, their family (or in some cases, the Government of Alberta, a friend, lawyer or trust company) will need to obtain a Trusteeship Order from the court. This document allows an appointed Trustee to make financial decisions on behalf of the dependent adult.
Who is a Trustee?
A Trustee is given legal authority by the court to make financial decisions for a represented adult. If there is no one available to become a Trustee, the Government of Alberta can appoint the Trustee.
Who is a Represented Adult in a Trusteeship Order?
With respect to a Trusteeship Order, a represented adult (or dependent adult) is a person whose financial interests are represented by a Trustee. For an individual to qualify as a represented adult, they must be a resident of Alberta who has reached the age of majority (eighteen years). They must also lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. This could be because they suffer from a mental disability, a brain injury, a chronic mental illness, or a similar condition.