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Are you pondering questions of guardianship?

Published 15/2/2022

Matters related to guardianship and managing finances and other practical matters, whether one’s own of those of a loved one, are often complex and baffling. The Web Service’s Guide to Guardianship and Power of Attorney Opens in a new window.provides clear instructions for different situations. The guide has been put together by drawing on the expertise of multiple authorities and organisations.  

In shaping the Guardianship or continuing power of attorney guide’s Linkki toiselle sivustolleAvautuu uudessa välilehdessäOpens in a new tabcontent and service design, the cooperation network led by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency first identified various guardianship situations and the key issues involved in each of them. 

How can I prepare for my future with a power of attorney or act as the assignee of a power of attorney?

Every adult citizen should have a power of attorney safely stored in their filing cabinet. It can be used to instruct and authorize people that you trust should you lose your functional capacity due to illness or accident. The guide provides advice on drafting a power of attorney as well as on the things to take into account when doing so. 

The trusted person recorded as the assignee in a power of attorney document is then faced with a very new situation when the time comes to confirm the power of attorney and start taking care of the practical matters of their loved one. also provides guidance for this new situation. 

What to do if a loved one's functional capacity deteriorates or if a child has property?

Many people start to think about guardianship when they are worried about a loved one’s ability to cope or the deterioration of their functional capacity. What is the best way to handle the banking, financial and other everyday matters of a loved one? gives an overview of the different options – including both lighter options and arrangements for guardianship. 

It often comes as a surprise to parents that, in certain situations, the details and care of a child's property must be reported to the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. If a child is a shareholder of the estate of a deceased person and has property in excess of EUR 20,000, a guardian is appointed for them. This is done in order to safeguard the best interests of the child in all situations. The guide provides clear instructions for such situations.

The guide has been produced through extensive cooperation between different authorities and organisations

A wide range of peer support providers, organisations, researchers, and public authorities have joined forces and pooled expertise to ensure that all the relevant information, services and support providers can now be found in one place. 

This following organisations have participated in producing the guide: the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, the University of Eastern Finland – Center of Law and Welfare, North Karelia Guardianship Office, Rauma Guardianship Office, the Central Association of Finnish Pensioners, Fine, Finfami, the Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Kehitysvammaisten Tukiliitto ry, the Alzheimer Society of Finland, Nuoret lesket ry, Carers Finland, Suomen muistiasiantuntijat ry and VTKL – the Finnish Association for the Welfare of Older People.