Guardianship services are intended for persons who cannot themselves take care of their financial affairs. Such persons may obtain support from a guardian, who takes care of their affairs and looks after their interests either together with them or on their behalf.
It may be necessary to have a guardian when one’s mental capacity has been reduced e.g. by serious illness or advanced age, with the result that one cannot self look after one’s interests or take care of one’s affairs. However, a guardian is appointed only if one's affairs cannot properly be managed in any other way.
It is also possible to make preparations for one's decreased functional capacity in advance by issuing a continuing power of attorney. Further information can be found in the brochure "Continuing Power of Attorney " issued by the Ministry of Justice.
- Guardianship Services Act (442/1999)
- Act on the Arrangement of Guardianship Services (575/2008)
- The FINLEX Legal Data Bank
- The websites of the Registry Offices
Updated on 27 August 2010
Ministry of Justice