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Who is Undue Influence Able to Hurt and What Can You Do About It?

Older person signing Agreement under duress. Who is undue influence most harmful to?

Undue influence is a form of manipulation that can harm vulnerable individuals. It occurs when someone exerts pressure or control over another person so they make decisions that benefit the influencer. Continue reading to learn more about who is undue influence a concern for and how to protect your loved ones from it.

Understanding Undue Influence.

It is important to understand that undue influence does not involve direct threats. Rather, it’s a form of manipulation that takes advantage of vulnerable individuals. It occurs when someone exerts pressure or control over another person so they make decisions that benefit the influencer. This can include financial decisions, healthcare choices, and even personal relationships. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of undue influence and take steps to protect loved ones from it.

Who is Undue Influence a Concern for?

Individuals that are at risk of experiencing undue influence include the elderly, those with mental health issues, those with disabilities, and those who are isolated or dependent on someone else for care. It’s important to recognize if a loved one is susceptible to undue influence so you can take steps to protect them from potential harm. This includes staying involved in their care and decision-making and seeking legal advice. If necessary, report any suspected instances of undue influence to the appropriate authorities.

Who is Undue Influence Most Harmful to?

Undue influence is typically the most harmful to those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way. Specifically, the elderly, disabled, mentally or physically impaired, or those experiencing financial hardship may be more susceptible to manipulation or coercion from others — particularly those in positions of power or authority. Undue influence can lead to vulnerable individuals making decisions or actions that are not in their best interest. This can have serious consequences for their health, safety, and wellbeing. In extreme cases, undue influence can lead to financial exploitation, abuse, or neglect. That is why it’s important to identify and address undue influence — to protect the rights and interests of those who are vulnerable.

Signs of Undue Influence.

Undue influence can be difficult to detect, but there are some common signs to look out for. These may include sudden changes in behavior or decision-making, isolation from friends and family, unexplained financial transactions, and a lack of control over personal decisions. If you suspect that a loved one is experiencing undue influence, it’s important to take action to protect them and seek professional help if necessary.

Steps to Protect Your Loved One.

There are several steps you can take to protect a loved one that you suspect may be experiencing undue influence. First, try to have an open and honest conversation with them about your concerns. Listen to their perspective and offer support and resources if needed. You can also reach out to other family members or trusted friends for help and support. If necessary, seek legal advice and consider involving law enforcement or adult protective services. A probate litigation attorney can file an action to unwind any transactions that someone made while under duress or undue influence. Remember, taking action to protect your loved one is important and can make a significant difference in their well-being.

Call Us. We Can Help.

You do not have to face this alone. Our law firm is here to help if you or someone you know has been harmed by undue influence. Our legal team is passionate and dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals that have been taken advantage of through undue influence. We understand the complexities of these cases and provide compassionate and effective legal representation. Call us today at 602-443-4888 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you seek justice and recover the compensation you or your loved one deserve. Don’t wait, call us now to take the first step towards protecting your rights and holding those responsible accountable.



Founding attorney Paul Deloughery has been an attorney since 1998, became a Certified Family Wealth Advisor. He is also the founder of Sudden Wealth Protection Law.