elder law



1) Abuse, generally: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a person.

2) Child abuse: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a child either with intent or through neglect.

3) Substance abuse: excessively using or misusing...

Advance Directive

A legal document that takes effect if one cannot make decisions due to illness or incapacity. Different types of advance directives exist. Some, such a living will, give instructions on which measures can be used to prolong life. Others simply name...


Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...


A person with authority to act on behalf of another person.

See Principal, Fiduciary, and Fiduciary duty.


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) The state of being able or qualified to do something -- for example, make a will or testify in court. 2) Authority, authenticity, or admissibility, as in "the competence of the evidence."



The term competent is used in various contexts, including procedure, evidence, and employment. More generally, it refers to the ability to act in the circumstances, including the ability to perform a job or occupation, or to reason or make decisions...

Compos Mentis

Compos mentis is Latin for “having control/mastery of one’s mind.” The term is used to describe individuals who are of sound mind; those who are mentally competent and capable of managing their own affairs; those who have use of and control...


When a person voluntarily and willfully agrees to undertake an action that another person suggests. The consenting person must possess sufficient mental capacity.


A conservatee is a person who needs a court appointed conservator to handle the conservatee’s financial and/or other daily life affairs because the conservatee is incompetent to handle them. The roles of conservator and conservatee follow from the...


A conservator is a court-appointed individual who handles financial or daily life affairs of a conservatee. The roles of conservator and conservatee follow from the legal concept of conservatorship which is similar to legal guardianship....