What Is Undue Influence?
Anyone can create a will or estate plan if they are an adult and of sound mind. These factors are important to ensure that the will is valid and accurate. However, many outside factors could impact the validity of a will, including undue influence. Undue influence means that someone manipulated the creator, or testator, of the will for personal gain. You may not think this could happen in your family, but elderly people and those with mental or physical illnesses are susceptible to unfair influence.
Attorney Dallas Janssen is committed to protecting the rights of all your family members. As an experienced estate planning attorney, Dallas guides you and your family through any situation involving undue influence. He understands how delicate matters involving your family are. That is why Dallas tailors his approach to fit your family’s individual needs.
Signs Of Undue Influence
It is not always possible to detect signs of undue influence before the death of a family member. That is nothing to be embarrassed about. There are not always signs of manipulation, and they are different for everyone. However, common signs to look out for include:
- Reduced or prevented communication with the testator
- Significant changes in mood or relationships
- Sudden change in finances or location of the will
- Frequent references to and dependence on a potential influencer
If you recognize any of these signs, it is crucial to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At Janssen Law, PLC, Dallas will help you understand all your options when confronting these challenges or contesting a will after the fact.
Contesting A Will
You can contest the validity of the will during the probate process if you suspect undue influence.
To contest a will, you must:
- Determine your standing: You must be a named beneficiary in the will to contest an aspect of it.
- File with the court: Then, you must officially file a contest with the Iowa probate court of your county. It will evaluate the claim.
- Establish grounds: The evidence of undue influence is grounds to challenge the will.
Contesting a will is a time-sensitive issue. If you decide to contest a family member’s will, contact Janssen Law, PLC, today.
Dallas Janssen Is On Your Side
You do not have to face estate planning challenges alone. Attorney Dallas Janssen will be by your side every step of the way. Contact the firm via email or by calling 844-879-2839 to arrange a free consultation at the Des Moines office.