6. Competency of mentally disordered persons as principals.

6.     Competency of mentally disordered persons as principals.

A person suffering from a mental disorder has a restricted capacity to contract generally1, and therefore to act via an agent2, but he may be held liable on contracts made by an agent by virtue of an estoppel3 or made during a lucid interval4. Statutory provision is made for the management of the affairs and dealings with the property of mentally disordered persons5 and in connection with the creation and exercise of powers of attorney which are designed to survive the donor's