12 Signs of Undue Influence and Incapacity
- Gifts to persons (caregivers, service providers, friends) who are not the natural objects of the elder’s love and commitment.
- Gifts to anyone that are so large, given the size and nature of the elder’s estate, as to threaten the elder’s economic security
- Loans, particularly if undocumented, to anyone; special scrutiny required if to non‑family members
- Actions by the elder’s fiduciary (attorney-in-fact, trustee, other) that reflect poor judgment or conflict of interest
- Existence of estate-planning documents naming non‑family members as fiduciaries or beneficiaries
- Existence of joint accounts with non‑family members
- Evidence that the elder signs checks prepared by others
- Bequest plans or other arrangements favoring one child, particularly if the child lives with elder.
- Evidence of excessive dependence on a child or other person, particularly if such other person is critical to the client’s independence and/or ability to avoid a nursing home
- Material inconsistency between elder’s understanding of estate and its true value
- Excessive fees charged by professionals (trustees, attorneys, financial advisors, stockbrokers, other)
- Unreasonable terms of loans or other financial arrangements.
What To Do If You Suspect Undue Influence Or Incapacity
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