Ease of managing the affairs of a deceased relative

The Ministry of Finance has launched a programme to make it easier to manage the affairs of a deceased relative. The objective of the programme is to ensure that it is easy to manage the affairs of a deceased relative by digitalising the necessary documents and increasing the use of automation. This will make official processes more efficient.

The programme is based on the Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's Government Programme, which states that during the government term, the Government will carry out projects to digitalise public and private services relating to life and business events so that these services operate seamlessly together. One such project is to ensure the ease of managing the affairs of a deceased relative.

At the moment, managing the affairs of a deceased relative is a long and difficult process that involves dealing with different authorities, often using paper. In addition to being a burden on the relatives of a deceased person, the current system is difficult and inefficient for public authorities and other service providers. The digitalisation of services, automation and more efficient use of information can make it easier for estates and the parties to estates to use services and can improve the productivity of public authorities.

The programme will also produce new services. These include e-services for citizens, an electronic estate inventory and a register of parties to the estate. In future, estates will be issued a unique identifier to access e-services. New e-services will also make it easier to use paper-based services, which will remain an option in the future. According to the preliminary schedule, the introduction of new services and the entry into force of the necessary legislation will take place during 2026–2027.

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the implementation and funding of the programme and for the overall coordination of the development projects included in the programme. The development work will be carried out by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency and the Finnish Tax Administration in their own projects. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice will cooperate in drafting the necessary legislative amendments in the relevant legislative working group.

Contact information

Nico Käräjäoja, Project Manager, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 295 530 516, [email protected]

Johannes Mielo, Programme Coordinator, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 295 530 346, [email protected]