Administration: for who and why?

Sometimes adults are (no longer) capable of managing their own affairs and/or finances. Is this the case with someone you know and are you wondering if administration can be the solution? In this article we will explain who can be helped with this form of administration.

Administration: relieving financial concerns

What is administration?

Administration is a measure with which people that are not capable of managing their own finances because of physical or mental causes can be protected. By giving someone else the legal responsibility for their financial affairs, you can prevent financial problems from emerging or getting worse. The legal administrator can take responsibility of the material organisation, or a part of it, from those that or under their administration; the rights holder.

For whom should you apply for administration?

Although you can request administration for yourself, it is usually someone directly involved that requests for someone else. For example, you can request administration for someone suffering from a dementia-related illness, your adult child with down syndrome, a friend with a progressive illness or your sister who is dealing with addiction problems.

Additionally, an admonistrator can help in a professional setting. As an aid worker or employer you can request administration for, for example, a client that has lost financial overview or an employee whose wages are being seized.

When someone is not capable of managing their financial affairs responsibly, because of squandering or debts, you can also request administration on their behalf. For people that are dealing with issues such as tax debts, excessive spending patterns or more expenses than income, this can contribute to a solution.

Types of administrative management

In addition to the administration described above (for right holders that cannot manage their financial affairs due to physical or mental causes and/or have problematic debts) there are also other types of administrative management. Below we will list all of them:

  • What?
    Management with curatorship
    For who?
    People who are under curatorship


  • What?
    Management on the grounds of debt restructuring
    For who?
    Right holders that are in legal debt restructuring


  • What?
    Management with bankruptcy
  • For who?
    Enterprises with an imminent bankruptcy


  • What?
    Testamentary administration
    For who?
    Testators that want someone to manage their affairs when they die for a certain period of time

Receivership, administrative management or mentorship?

In addition to administrative management, receivership and mentorship are types of protection for adults that need support when arranging their financial affairs.

Receivership is one step further than administrative management: Someone under receivership is considered legally incompetent. The curator can decide over both material and non-material affairs. Administrative management is for people who are still considered legally competent.

Mentorship is usually less invasive than administrative management. A mentor is usually appointed when someone is having difficulty managing their personal affairs. For example, when decisions need to be made about the care and treatment of someone suffering from dementia-related issues, someone who is mentally handicapped, psychiatric or comatose patients, a mentor can have a representative role. Different then with administrative management, a mentor has no say about the financial and/or material affairs.

Why choose Administration?

In short, you choose for administrative management when someone is capable of making decisions for themselves, but is not capable of managing their own financial interests or getting out of problematic debts. For a short or longer period, the administrator manages (a share of) someone’s finances and assets. This way financial problems are resolved, risks are limited and worse is prevented.

More information?

Moneywood's sister company Aeslupa offers administration, provided for by registered professionals. In this article we explain how administrative management works and what Aeslupa can do for you. Would you like to know if administrative management is a solution for you or for someone in your (professional) surroundings? Please contact  Aeslupa. We will see, without any further commitments, whether administrative management is the solution for you.