Orlando Undue Influence Lawyer
Undue influence can occur when an elderly person is exploited by someone with a fiduciary relationship such as a guardian, agent with power of attorney, trustee or estate administrator. Family members and caregivers can also exert undue influence in an attempt to extort money or property from the testator.
At the law offices of Frank G. Finkbeiner Attorney at Law, we can help you determine whether undue influence was a factor in a loved one’s estate. We know that allegations of undue influence are upsetting for everyone involved. These situations are very stressful for families, but we have experience managing difficult relationships. In addition, we can create guardianships to protect vulnerable adults who cannot manage their finances. Please speak with our Orlando undue influence attorney to learn more about how we can help.
Protecting Testators And Beneficiaries In Florida
During the probate process, the family and beneficiaries have an opportunity to contest the estate. People often challenge wills and trusts when they believe there has been misappropriation/misuse of assets or issues such as undue influence. Trustees, financial advisers, caregivers, scam artists and family members may abuse their power over a vulnerable person to influence the estate documents.
Undue influence cases typically involve issues such as:
- Mental incapacity of the testator
- Last-minute additions to wills and trusts, especially of nonfamily beneficiaries
- Misappropriation of assets
- Misuse of durable powers of attorney
- Predatory lending
If you believe that a trust was mismanaged or that a will was affected by undue influence, fraud or coercion, a probate lawyer can help you contest the document. When assets have been misappropriated, we will work to return assets to the estate.