The Office of the Public Trustee is established under the Public Trustee Act (Chapter 168 Laws of Kenya) which was enacted in 1925. It operates within the organizational framework of the Division of the Administrator General in State Law Office and Department of Justice.
The present day complex society associated with a free market economy and individual ownership of property makes the administration of estates of deceased persons as provided by law a key component in the administration of justice. Issues revolving around inheritance have assumed a prominent place in society making the Office of the Public Trustee an inevitable necessity.
The Public Trustee offers services of a specialized nature which involve identification and collection of assets, identification of beneficiaries, management and subsequent transmission of both movable and immovable property either as an estate or a trust. The Office also discharges duties relating to custodianship, management of properties of persons living with mental disability and management of enemy property.
Timely distribution of assets by this Office empowers beneficiaries and enables them to participate in economic development and wealth creation. In uplifting the lives of children, widows and widowers who are poor, weak and vulnerable, the Office participates in the realization of the government’s development agenda of guaranteeing a prosperous nation with high a quality of life.
Vision:To be the trustee of choice through service excellence.
Mission: To provide efficient and professional legal services in administration of estates and trusts.
ORGANIZATION OF THE DIVISION
The Division of Administrator General is headed by the Administrator General who also holds the office of the Public Trustee. The Division has established regional offices in Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, Kakamega, Embu, Nyeri, Kisii, Machakos, Garissa, Meru, Eldoret and Nakuru. Plans are underway to operationalise two additional Offices in Kericho and Bungoma in line with Vision 2030, Medium Term Plan and Article 6(3) of the Constitution of Kenya as part of its decentralisation programme to ensure that Public Trustee services are accessible to the public.
The Division is divided into 8 core Sections, notably, Administration of Estates, Litigation, Conveyancing, Administration of Trusts, Final Accounts, Accounts, County Services and Property Management to effectively discharge its mandate.