What is a continuing power of attorney?

By issuing a continuing power of attorney you can make sure that your affairs will be taken care of even if, for instance, illness or deteriorating health later makes you lose your capacity to see to them yourself.

"How would I like my affairs to be managed if I become seriously ill or if, when I grow old, my decision-making capacity will be impaired?" is a question ever more frequently pondered upon. The Act on Continuing Powers of Attorney, which came into force in November 2007, provides better means than before to make preparations for a possible decreased functional capacity. By issuing a continuing power of attorney you can make sure that, if you are struck with functional incapacity, your affairs will be attended to by a trustee that you have appointed yourself.

Further information: Register offices, legal aid offices and lawyers

The Act on Continuing Powers of Attorney (648/2007) can be found on the Internet address http://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/ajantasa/2007/20070648 (only in Finnish and Swedish)

Updated on November 6, 2007
Ministry of Justice