PLEASE NOTE: Our office remains open and available to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis. We are offering our clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

A Reliable, Thorough South Carolina
Real Estate Law Firm

Trust Blackacre Law LLC to make sure your closing happens smoothly.

3 signs your father may be vulnerable to undue influence

If your elderly father is writing a will, forming a trust or undertaking any other estate planning process, he is doing better than most. In fact, according to a recent study, almost 70% of Americans have not written even a simple will to address ownership of assets after death.

You should be able to trust your dad’s estate plan to reflect his true intentions. Regrettably, though, if someone unduly influences your father, that may not be the case. Here are three signs your father may be vulnerable to undue influence when planning his estate.

1. Isolation

Because children grow and leave home, isolation is common among elderly individuals. If your dad does not have an active social life, he may allow someone to unduly influence his estate plan. Consequently, you may want to closely monitor the influential activities of your father’s new caretakers, acquaintances and friends.

2. Poor health

Your father may not like to complain about feeling unwell. If your dad is in pain, though, someone may be able to take advantage of him. Furthermore, if your father is experiencing memory challenges or has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, he may not be able to keep an undue influencer under control.

3. Wealth

Even though anyone may become a victim of undue influence, unscrupulous individuals are likely to target those who have wealth. If your dad has property, savings, investments or other valuable assets, an undue influencer may see dollar signs.

The best time to stop undue influence is during the estate planning process. Ultimately, if you think your dad may be at risk, you may have to intervene to protect his legal and financial interests.