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Definition - What does Incompetence mean?

Incompetence can be defined as the lack of qualification or inability to perform a task. This may include the inability to perform a certain task assigned at work, or the inability to bear witness at a trial or participate in their own defense. It may also mean the inability of a person, as determined by the court, to carry out his or her own financial or personal affairs.

Justipedia explains Incompetence

Different states have different laws when it comes to declaring the incompetence of a person. In some states, it is easy to file a petition to declare another person incompetent. In other states, the laws covering incompetence have a higher standard to meet. The hearing for incompetence isn’t a typical plaintiff against defendant style. It follows a model where it is assumed that everybody wants the best for alleged incompetent person.

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