When Oklahoma residents write their will or handle other estate matters, it is generally believed that they are getting across the exact message they want. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. We at Lidia Law Firm, P.C., will explain undue influence and its potential signs.
First, if another party has exerted influence over your loved one in a way that makes them act out of character, or make decisions that they would not make in the right state of mind, this is undue influence. The influencer in this scenario is likely acting in an underhanded and sneaky way so as not to be caught or noticed by anyone else or the target, so the signs can be hard to spot.
Is your loved one being isolated? Often, the manipulator will take steps to isolate their targets. This might come in the form of fewer moments of contact between you and your loved one, such as in-person visits or phone calls.
Next, the influencer might attempt to take charge of their life. They may insist on being present during all meetings or refuse meetings on the basis of your loved one needing to rest. Finally, you might notice changes to wills or other estate plans that favor certain beneficiaries. Keep track of any changes made to official documents or even the talk of changing them, especially if benefits start favoring the caretaker.
Do you suspect that a loved one has been a victim of undue influence? If so, you may find more information on our web page on trusts, linked here. You can also contact us directly to learn more about your options.