The appointment of a guardian is a last resort option to organize the management of a client’s affairs. Therefore, the appointment of a guardian will require there is no other way to ensure that the affairs of the person in need of help are managed in an appropriate manner.
The Digital and Population Data Services Agency is the guardianship authority, and as such determines a person’s need for guardianship and, where necessary, appoints a guardian or submits an application to the courts.
Duties of the Guardian
The guardian protects the client’s interests and represents them in matters that have been entrusted to the guardian. A guardian is most often appointed to manage their client’s financial affairs and property. Furthermore, the guardian must always see to it that the client receives suitable care, treatment and rehabilitation. A guardian can also be appointed to an individual task, such as the sale of an apartment or property on behalf of their client. It is also possible that the guardian is appointed to represent the client in matters related to health care or treatment of illness, but this is not common.
Who Can Act As a Guardian?
The guardian is often the client’s child, spouse or some other trusted near person. A public guardian can also be appointed to act as a guardian. In these cases, the guardian acts in his/her official capacity. Public guardians in the Sipoo area are most often appointed by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s Porvoo Unit.
Public Guardian Supervision
The Digital and Population Data Services Agency supervises public guardians for example by controlling accounts and granting authorization for most important legal actions taken. The guardian must keep books of their client’s assets and debts, and to submit an annual statement to the Digital and Population Data Service Agency containing an account of how the guardian has managed their client’s affairs.
Do the following
You can apply for a guardian for yourself, if you have reached the age of 18 and are unable to manage your financial affairs due to an illness, deteriorated health or other similar reason. The prerequisite for this is that your affairs cannot be managed in any other way.
You can submit a notification on another person being in need of guardianship, if they are unable to manage their own affairs due to illness, deteriorated state of health or another similar reason, and their affairs cannot be managed in an appropriate manner otherwise. You can submit the notification regardless of confidentiality provisions.
Digital and Population Data Services Agency will provide advice and guidance in all guardianship-related matters.
To whom and on what terms
The prerequisite for the appointment of a guardian is that
- the person is unable to manage their own affairs. This inability must be due to illness, deteriorated health or another similar reason. Inability will usually be determined by means of a medical opinion.
- the person has financial/other affairs the management of which has not been arranged in other ways (link to the heading in less stringent measures). The appointment of a guardian must therefore be a last resort and completely necessary.
- the person presented for guardianship agrees to the guardianship, or their opposition to guardianship is not considered relevant when taking into account their general condition (e.g. the nature of their illness) and need for guardianship (e.g. bills have been left unpaid over a long period of time).
All these conditions must be met at the same time in order for a guardian to be appointed.
The service is chargeable