If a loved one has gone missing, the anguish and uncertainty can be overwhelming. To make matters worse, you may also have the frustration of seeing your loved one’s property and finances suffer whilst there is no one with the legal rights to take care of them.
However, it is possible for the family of a missing person to take control of their loved one’s affairs in their absence. The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, which came into force on 31st July 2019, created a new legal role: the ‘Guardian’ of a missing person’s financial and property affairs. Certain family members can apply to the court to take on this Guardianship role, and be granted the authority to deal with the missing person’s property.
This factsheet looks at becoming a Guardian and how the role can be used to help your missing loved one.