Interdiction is the legal process by which persons who are unable to make their own decisions in some life areas receive a curator (or curatrix, if female) to make these decisions for them. Because this process removes rights from the interdicted person and transfers them to the curator or curatrix, it is important that interdiction occur only when absolutely necessary. For example, the interdicted person loses the right to vote, to enter into contracts, to marry, to determine where he or she will live, the types of medical care provided, and how his or her money is spent.