Pursuing Peace Of Mind For You And Your Family

Can you spot undue influence?

Watching a loved one age may prove difficult, especially if events occur that do not quite add up. Elders may become the unwitting victims of undue influence, which can drastically impact them and you.

If you are unsure as to what to look for or even what undue influence is, consider asking yourself some basic questions.

Has someone new entered my loved one’s life?

Undue influence is a campaign of manipulation aimed at gaining power and control over a vulnerable person’s finances. Sadly enough, other relatives are often the most easily lined up to perpetrate or exert undue influence. If someone suddenly becomes a very present figure in your loved one’s life, you may want to start paying attention.

Are personal items disappearing?

Has your loved one started giving gifts to someone? Personal items, usually of value, may start disappearing. This is just one sign of undue influence.

Are bill collectors calling?

If your loved one has always kept up with personal finances, you may become shocked when bill collectors begin calling. Check in with your loved one about finances. Often the perpetrator of undue influence either steals money out of the vulnerable person’s accounts or somehow gets the victim to give the money.

What happens after your loved one dies?

Undue influence may drain an estate making it difficult to fulfill the terms of the will and probate. However, if you suspect undue influence, you may have legal avenues to pursue at this point, although it may take a lot of time and money.

Catching the signs of undue influence before your loved one gives too much away is key.