General information on the right to sign for the association

Under Section 36 of the Finnish Associations Act, a person entitled to sign for the association has the right to sign the name of the association in order to bind the association in matters concerning the association’s activities. In other words, the person entitled to sign for the association has the right, for example, to enter into a lease or other contracts or to perform legal acts on the association’s behalf.

Persons entitled to sign for the association have to be legally competent, in other words, they cannot be under 18 years of age, bankrupt or under guardianship. Persons to whom a guardian has been appointed in financial affairs cannot either be entitled to sign for the association.

Persons who are authorised by the rules (bylaws) or appointed to sign for the association are listed in the rules of an association. You have to report them to us in separate fields in the amendment notice form. You do not have to write the details of members of the Executive Committee on the forms, unless they are, according to the rules of the association, entitled to sign for the association.

Authorisation

The Executive Committee of the association can always authorise a member or a functionary of the association or even an outside person to act on the association’s behalf. A treasurer, for instance, can be authorised to conduct the association’s banking business. Authorisations will not be entered in the register.

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Latest update 05.11.2012