A durable power of attorney for older South Africans

  • N. van Dokkum Department of Private Law, University of Natal (Durban)


As an individual grows old, his/her mental faculties may diminish, sometimes to an extent that the individual is no longer capable of managing his/her affairs. It then becomes necessary to appoint another person to act on the individual's behalf. Under existing South African law, the procedures available for appointing a person to manage anothers affairs are either expensive or of limited use. What is needed is a simple, inexpensive and effective means for a caregiver to be appointed as an agent for an older person who is no longer regarded as competent in the eyes of the law. This paper suggests that an appropriate instrument is the durable power of attorney.


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