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Helping New Brunswickers Know the Law

May 30, 2008

PLEIS-NB launches new publication 

A new publication has been launched to explain the role of one of New Brunswick’s newest government agencies, the Office of the Public Trustee.

The launch of the information pamphlet, Office of the Public Trustee: Protecting the Personal and Financial Interests of Vulnerable Persons, has been prepared for the official opening of the Office of the Public Trustee on June 2.

The pamphlet was produced by Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) in collaboration with the Office of the Public Trustee.

“It is important for New Brunswickers to understand the role the public trustee plays and what the office can and cannot do,” said Deborah Doherty, PLEIS-NB executive director.

A significant aspect of the public trustee’s role is providing services to help New Brunswickers who cannot manage their property and financial matters and/or make personal-care decisions, and who have no family or friends to take on this role. The Office of the Public Trustee is not a general service to assist everyone with financial and personal care matters; rather, it is a service of last resort for vulnerable persons who do not have the capacity to manage their own affairs.

Anyone interested in obtaining copies of this free pamphlet may contact PLEIS-NB at; call 506-453-5369; or write to PLEIS-NB, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1.

PLEIS-NB is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate and inform the public about the law. It receives funding and in-kind support from Justice Canada, the New Brunswick Law Foundation, and the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs. For more information or to order materials, contact PLEIS-NB at P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1, call 506-453-5369, or fax 506-462-5193.