Who is an Incompetent Adult?

"The term `incompetent adult' means an adult or emancipated minor who lacks sufficient capacity to manage the adult's own affairs or to make or communicate important decisions concerning the adult's person, family, or property whether the lack of capacity is due to mental illness, mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, inebriety, senility, disease, injury, or similar cause or condition." [G. S 35A-1101(7)]

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1. Who is an Incompetent Adult?
2. Who can petition the court for a Guardianship hearing?
3. What are alternatives to Guardianship?
4. How does the court decide whom to appoint as Guardian?
5. Is the Guardian financially responsible for the ward?