Welcome to the first English website

about Italian adult guardianship!

Law no. 6/2004 introduced the institution of legal guardianship (amministrazione di sostegno) into the Italian legal system to safeguard all individuals who, due to an infirmity or a disability, are no longer, or are only partially, capable of protecting their own personal and/or financial interests.


Possible recipients of the measure include:

elderly people with dementia, people with mental illnesses, people with cognitive or physical disabilities, people with addictions to alcohol, substances, or gambling, people suffering from degenerative disease..




If the conditions (illness and/or infirmity and consequent inability to provide for themselves) apply, the guardianship judge (Giudice Tutelare) in the place of residence or normal habitation of the person in need of assistance then issues a decree to appoint a guardian (Amministratore di Sostegno), authorizing him/her to assist and/or represent the beneficiary in the performance of the activities in which the person is incapable.

Becoming a guardian requires:



the ability to listen


reporting and organizational ability

knowledge about local services


The guardian is a public official and,

while the appointment is generally unpaid,

it entails legal responsibilities.

Download our multilingual flyer about Italian adult guardianship!