If a person is not able to manage their affairs, the court can appoint a guardian or trustee. A trustee comes under the supervision of the municipal guardian and reports on his management of the person’s assets. A trustee can be appointed to a minor and to an adult.
Trustee for minors
A trustee is appointed for a minor if a custodian is unable to fulfil his duties. If both the guardian and the minor share common interests, for example, if both are heirs of a deceased estate, then a trustee is appointed to monitor the minor’s rights in the estate.
Trustee for an adult
The most common reason for appointing a trustee is when a person because of some illness needs assistance in protecting their rights, managing their property and providing for themselves.
An administrator is appointed if a trustee is insufficient. A person who has an administrator appointed does not have the legal capacity to act as regards matters covered by the mandate. The mandate can, for example, apply to the person’s bank accounts. The administrator comes under the supervision of the guardian and should report on his administration. The application for administration and trusteeship is approved by the court.