The law has failed to recognize recent advances in geriatric psychiatry. Moreover, where medical language has been used, the terminology is either outdated or misapplied. What follows is an attempt to describe the nature and policy of the legal standard for testamentary competency, to set forth the current medical approach to senility and mental disease, and to suggest practical ways for the lawyer to use geriatric psychiatry in behalf of the senile testator.
Robert Gene Smith & Laurence M. Hager, The Senile Testator: Medicolegal Aspects of Competency, 13 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 397 (1964)