Question: What is a Civil Competence Exam?

Answer: Civil competence refers to the ability to make decisions about one’s own life. This includes one’s daily care; medical treatments; legal transactions; financial transactions; and so forth. In our society, most adults are automatically believed to be competent based on their legal status as adults.  However, if there is strong evidence that the adult person is not able to make their own rational decisions, that person might be found incompetent. It is most often a family member who raises the issue of civil competence; but the state, or other relevant party, might do so as well.