The estate planning process may present various challenges and families who have lost a loved one may have to work through a number of issues as well. In this write-up, we will take a closer look at undue influence and some considerations related to this facet of estate planning. Whether you are facing allegations of undue influence or believe that one of your relatives exerted undue influence over your loved one before they passed on, it is critical to handle these matters carefully.
In some instances, relatives claim that their family member lacked the capacity to make key decisions regarding their will and place the blame on another family member. Sometimes these allegations are truthful, while others are completely baseless. If you have been falsely accused of exerting undue influence, you may have no idea how to handle the allegations and these claims may make daily life even more tough in the wake of losing someone you love. On the other hand, you may be convinced that someone took advantage of your loved one and pushed them to make changes to their estate plan that never should have been put in place, in which case you should determine the appropriate course of action promptly.
Undue influence and other sources of contention can be particularly difficult following the loss of a family member, but people who are upset by false claims or wrongdoing should not remain silent. The probate page on our blog covers additional issues that are related to undue influence.