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Office of the Curator of Intestate Estates

 

The Office of the Curator is the custodian and distributor of the estates of persons who die intestate. The Office is responsible for:

  1. writing to employers of deceased persons for all monies such as entitlements and pending salaries to be transferred to the Curator's account;
  2. following up pending rental payments of concerned  estates to the RONPHOS, the Regional Processing Centre (RPC), Nauru Utilities Corporation (NUC) and Government of Nauru;
  3. receiving and keeping payments in the personal estates account of deceased estates according to Section 11(a) of the Succession Probate and Administration Act 1976;
  4. raising payment and sending to concerned beneficiaries bank accounts after 21 days of gazettal;
  5. formulate and disseminate Curator notices in accordance with Section 37 of the Succession Probate and Administration Act 1976; and
  6. update the Curator registry.

In carrying out their main functions of distribution from July 2020 to June 2021, the outcome is as follows:

  1. supervision of payments amounting to AUD84,763.15 were paid from the estates of deceased persons to beneficiaries. These were made according to the terms stated in the respective gazette;
  2. a total of AUD640,118.78 was deposited into the Curator Account with Bendigo Bank from RONPHOS, Nauru Utilities Corporation, Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation, Government (for land rentals, land leases, aerodrome land rentals and final entitlements), Royalties & Regional Processing Centre Corporation land rentals;
  3. curator fees totaled a maximum sum of AUD20,000; and
  4. the Ledger and the Curator PV Registry is up to date on the records of deposits and withdrawal postings.

 

Our Team

 

Position Name
Curator of Intestate Estates Brenda Soriano
Curator Clerical Officer Febony Detenamo

 

 

Objective

 

  • Distribute to the concerned beneficiaries all monies, personalities and realties of the estate of deceased persons  in accordance with the gazette and the law.

 

 

Motivation

 

Without ownership there is no claim.

 

 

Strategic Plan Priority Area 4: Cost Cutting Sectors

 

Cross-Goal 1

Strengthen Parliament, audit, justice, law, order and border control.

 

 

Achievements

 

The Office of the Curator has embarked on positive steps to provide honest and transparent trusteeship to the people of Nauru. The Curator Work Plan is designed to cover efficiency and sufficiency for the curator system and capacity building as follows:

 

Record keeping and file management

To complement the existence of an estate register, the Office is looking at formulating a database for sufficient record keeping, tracking and keeping the estate files and records up to date. This means that the system will gradually become more computerised to modernise work methodology in keeping information intact and accessible.

 

Expansion

With the recruitment of the Clerical Officer, the Office is now sufficiently manned ensuring a swift process and system that is able to accommodate client needs and enquiries.

 

Capacity Building

Capacity building and community education are two main components that the Office is focusing on to strengthen the facilitation services provided and to enable community members who are estate beneficiaries to ask the right questions when in doubt.

 

Accessibility

There are plans to open a savings account for beneficiaries to estates of deceased persons who are under the age of 18. These accounts can be accessed once the children have reached the age of adulthood.

 

The Curator Work Plan is designed to work in line with the Department of Justice and Border Control Strategic Plan 2015 - 2025.

 

 

Way Forward

 

There are several estates that are pending payments due to various reasons such as :

  1. court injunction in relation to estates that are under dispute in the courts; and
  2. overseas payments that are overdue to estates that are yet to determined by the Nauru Lands Committee and the Court.

The Office will continue to notify the public of relative updates as well as inform beneficiaries of the legal requirements that must be expected in such situations.