juvenile law


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....


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA legal arrangement that gives an adult the court-ordered authority and responsibility to manage another adult's financial affairs.

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A contutor is a court appointed (i.e. by court order) or testamentary joint guardian of a ward. A ward is a person who cannot properly take care of themselves because of their age or legal incompetence. A person is legally incompetent when he...

Correctional Program

A type of program that combines supervision and educational training for criminal offenders. A correctional program may be offered as an option or as a mandatory part of one's sentence (as for a juvenile delinquent). Often staffed by volunteers from...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: conservator

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Custodial Interference

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe taking of a child from a parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.