In the most basic sense of the law, and according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute, "undue influence" occurs when one party of a contract puts the free will of another party into question and therefore, leads to the courts declaring the contract unenforceable and voidable by the victim. To prove undue influence, the victim party has the burden of proof to show that he or she has a weakness which makes him or her more likely to be affected by persuasion. Moreover, the victim party must also prove that the influencer has a special relationship with the victim that makes the victim more susceptible to persuasion.
Being named the personal representative of a Texas estate comes with many responsibilities. While anyone can make a mistake, serious errors in judgment that negatively affect the assets of the estate could lead to a lawsuit. In fact, a personal representative may be held personally liable for the damages the error caused.
As people near retirement age, they often face the excitement and anticipation of having more time to pursue their passions, travel and spend time with family members. However, as people age, they also face the very real risk of being taken advantage of in some way. More often, there are stories on the news of seniors in Texas who have been cheated or lied to because of someone's fraudulent behavior.
You have recently begun to rethink your will and are considering modifying the heirs you have designated in your original estate plan. Fortunately for you, changing things around is relatively easy and allows you to make needed modifications as your life changes. However, disinheriting a family member can be a bit stressful as you try to do it without causing hurt feelings. At Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law, we have helped many families in Texas to coordinate, modify and finalize their estate plan.
There may come a time when you need someone in Texas to take on some of your financial responsibilities. The cause could be a trip out of the country, incapacitation because of a car accident or even age and dementia. We at Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law understand that designating fiduciary representation is an essential component of estate planning.