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Public guardianship

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  • Nationwide
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The state's legal aid and guardianship districts organise guardianship services for those to whom the court has ordered a public guardian to handle financial or other matters. The order can also be issued by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) and the State Department of Åland in the Åland Islands. The services of the public guardian are provided by district guardianship offices. Legal aid and guardianship districts can also purchase guardianship services from private service providers.

Public guardian and activities in guardianship offices

  • the duties of the guardian are determined in a decision of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, the State Department of Åland or a court of law
  • general guardians and guardianship secretaries working under liability for acts in office
  • guardianship is carried out in accordance with the service promise given by the districts (see "Background and legislation" below)
  • the activities are supervised by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, to which the guardian makes an annual declaration.

There are 23 government guardianship offices around Finland. In addition, there are 18 other service providers of public guardianship, and the guardians operating in them are also called public guardians and act under liability for acts in office.

Do the following

If you or your family member need guardianship services, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) will provide guidance on the procedures for applying for a guardian. The DVV website can be found in the right-hand column under Links.

If a public guardian has already been appointed to manage your affairs, contact the guardianship office and the public guardian and/or the secretary for guardianship.

Contact information for guardianship offices and outsourced services providers can be found in the right-hand column under Service locations

To whom and on what terms

Arranging guardianship services means ensuring that a sufficient number of guardianship services are available regionally, for the duties of guardian referred to in the Guardianship Services Act.

The services of a public guardian are necessary if there is no private guardian available (e.g. a relative or a close one) and the person has not, with a power of attorney, determined who will manage their affairs when their functional capacity has decreased so that assistance is needed.

The guardian has the right to receive compensation for the necessary expenses from the client's funds, as well as a reasonable fee, considering the quality and extent of his or her duties and the client's funds. The amount of the fee is laid down in a decree of the government. The fee charged by a public guardian belongs to his or her employer, state or other service provider.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byState legal aid and advocacy districts
Responsible for the serviceState legal aid and advocacy districts
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesSwedish, English, Finnish
Text edited by: State legal aid and advocacy districts
Updated: 20/9/2022