Guardianship is a way of protecting someone who cannot properly manage their financial affairs, possessions and personal affairs. The judge will appoint a guardian to do this for them. A person under guardianship lacks legal capacity. For example, they may not have the capacity to enter into contracts independently or have custody of children.
The court grants guardianship only if the lighter forms of protection (fiduciary administration [bewind], mentorship [mentorschap] or a combination of both) are insufficient.