2017 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 62 - South Carolina Probate Code
Section 62-5-101. Definitions and use of terms.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 62-5-101 (2017)

Section effective until January 1, 2019. See, also, Section 62-5-101 effective January 1, 2019.

Unless otherwise apparent from the context, in this Code:

(1) "Incapacitated person" means any person who is impaired by reason of mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, advanced age, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause (except minority) to the extent that he lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning his person or property;

(2) A "protective proceeding" is a proceeding under the provisions of Section 62-5-401 to determine if a person is an incapacitated person, or to secure the administration of the estates of incapacitated persons or minors;

(3) A "protected person" is a minor or incapacitated person for whom a conservator has been appointed or other protective order has been made;

(4) A "ward" is a person for whom a guardian has been appointed;

(5) A "guardianship proceeding" is a formal proceeding under the provisions of Part 3 of Article 5 (Section 62-5-301, et seq.) to determine if a person is an incapacitated person, or to appoint a guardian for an incapacitated person.

HISTORY: 1986 Act No. 539, Section 1; 1990 Act No. 521, Section 81; 2010 Act No. 244, Section 24, eff June 7, 2010.

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