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Is undue influence a form of manipulation?

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2020 | Estate Planning

In Ohio, laws are in place to govern estate plans, wills and more. The intent of these laws is to keep an estate somewhat easy to manage after your loved one’s death. In most cases, these laws do a good job and the process is a relatively smooth one.

But manipulators can still find a way around laws. They may do so by exerting undue influence, which can cause big problems in an estate plan.

What is undue influence?

The American Bar Association says that undue influence has a fluid definition. It can mean different things to different people and in different situations. However, undue influence is often widely accepted as a type of manipulation.

First, many tactics that manipulators use show up in situations involving undue influence. For example, the manipulator often tries to isolate the victim. They may do so through trickery and lies, telling the victim that no one wants to see them while turning loved ones away.

They also tend to aim for control beyond their role’s duties, if they are a caretaker. They may strive to control their victim’s entire schedule. They may want control over other aspects as well, such as medication regiments, diets and even their finances.

How does it manifest?

Of course, the biggest sign of manipulation is if your loved one is showing signs of their thought process forcibly changing. This often manifests in beneficiaries getting removed or added to the will, especially if the choices feel unexpected. Manipulative tactics often come into play to gain a favorable result through these changes. If you notice potential signs of undue influence, you should bring it to your legal team.


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