The elderly, even if they are of sound mind, can be vulnerable and trusting, especially when it is a family member suggesting changes to the will. This is called “undue influence.” It is closely related to fraud and forgery because it creates the same problem – someone else had input into the will other than the person creating it. Below, you'll find information from our estate lawyer in Cary that can help you better understand this and hopefully avoid undue influence in the future.
Understanding Undue Influence | Estate Lawyer Cary
- Someone challenging the will may think the person writing the will was influenced by someone seeking to benefit from it.
- People who are trusting and think the influencer is looking out for his or her best interests will make changes and sign documents thinking they are doing the right thing.
- Undue influence, forgery, and fraud are often all cited together when someone challenges a will because they are closely related.
- If there is a second, newer will, the original can be deemed invalid.
- When someone is knowingly creating a new will, it is often advised to state in the new will that it should void the previous will.
- It is important to date the will for this reason so that it is obvious which is the most recent.
- States vary on how they handle multiple wills, but a lawyer can check on those laws and advise on the best way to approach it.
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