Los Angeles Undue Influence Lawyer
The Law Office of Hugh Duff Robertson P.C., in Los Angeles, represents clients in probate litigation who question the validity of a will due to undue influence. We help them by investigating the circumstances leading up to estate administration. We also evaluate any suspicious facts, such as the loss of money from the estate, or a significant change in the will a few months prior.
If you suspect someone of undue influence, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced estate litigation lawyers. We will listen to your concerns and explain your options in plain English so you understand your rights. Call our Los Angeles undue influence attorneys today at 310-824-0467.
What Is Undue Influence?
Undue influence involves one person taking advantage of another by using his or her position of power. In the estate planning context, it typically involves family members or caretakers convincing an elderly person to change a will or trust in their favor. Additionally, a caretaker may convince an incapacitated adult to sign over large amounts of assets.
The following scenarios are all examples of undue influence:
- A caretaker convinces an elderly adult to change a will in his or her favor.
- A financial power of attorney mishandles the financial affairs of another, taking assets out of the estate and putting them in his or her name.
- A family member suddenly comes into good favor with a dying parent, only to ensure the will benefits him or her.
- A family member takes a loved one to change the will. The family member dictates the new terms, knowing that the creator of the will does not have the competency to understand the changes.
Actions of undue influence can lead to will contests, which drag out probate and only add to the confusion, stress and worry of administering an estate. With almost a century of combined experience, we have the knowledge and legal skills to help you achieve results. Our goal is to try to reduce the stress of litigation by helping you make smart and effective decisions that protect your rights.
California Breach of Fiduciary Duty — Lawyer Representing Clients in Will Contests
The best way to challenge undue influence is to hire the services of an experienced attorney. The Law Office of Hugh Duff Robertson P.C. strives to protect the intended wishes of the decedent by exposing acts of estate fraud and breach of fiduciary duty through careful probate investigations.
To schedule a consultation with the probate litigation lawyers at the Law Office of Hugh Duff Robertson P.C., call us at 310-824-0467 or contact our Los Angeles law firm online.