A guardian safeguards the interests and acts on behalf of a person who is a minor or who has had a guardian appointed. A guardian may be appointed where a person needs assistance in taking care of his or her financial or other interests.
The new Guardianship Act that came into force on 1 July 2013 will improve legal safeguards and equality for people in need of a guardian. Responsibility for guardianship was transferred from the municipalities to the County Governor. People who are acting as guardians or provisional guardians under current rules will, at least as a starting point, continue to do so following the implementation of the reforms.
A new regulatory framework for guardians
- The County Governors will make contact with guardians and provisional guardians well before the new law comes into effect.
- Training will be provided about the new regulations.
- National rules will be put in place regarding compensation rates for guardians.
The Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority
The Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority will act as the central authority for guardians. It will act both as a supervisory authority and as an appellate body for complaints about guardianship appointments and other decisions made by the County Governor.