- Adam Bartsch
Understanding Undue Influence
When an heir is disappointed at the provisions in a parent’s will, undue influence is often the first thought that springs to mind. Naturally, focus turns to those individuals treated generously by the decedent, particularly if the beneficiary is not a close family member. Less common is an honest reflection of one’s own actions that might have justly precipitated the decedent’s final wishes. For this reason, allegations of undue influence get tossed around more frequently than justified. However, where money, opportunity and disappointment intersect, there’s bound to be occasions where influence was exerted, and the question then becomes was it undue influence?
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