There are a variety of different competencies defined in the law, such as the competence to consent to a search, to confess, to plead guilty, to testify, to waive counsel, to be sentenced or to be executed.  These competencies generally pertain to criminal proceedings.  However, the competence to plead guilty or stipulate to a finding is also relevant in civil proceedings.  Civil competencies can also arise when someone wants to get married or create a will.

If you have a question concerning a competence evaluation for a civil matter, then just give us a call. Dr. Maddux has experienced assessing a variety of psychological issues that may or may not impair someone’s understanding, appreciation, decision-making and reasoning abilities. Were a highly specialized practice fully committed to the transparent and impartial assessment of various abilities.  You can speak to an expert today.