There are all sorts of estate-related hurdles that can arise, which sometimes make life incredibly hard for those setting up an estate plan or dealing with the disbursement of assets after the decedent has passed away. Moreover, family drama can play a role in some of these matters, such as allegations that a particular relative is responsible for undue influence. Moreover, allegations of undue influence may involve someone outside of the family. Whether you are an executor who has been accused of undue influence or are trying to set up an estate plan as you wish but your family members have stated that you are not capable of making the right decisions, this can be very tough.
False claims of undue influence must be addressed appropriately. If you are an executor who has been accused of this by beneficiaries, you should be thoroughly prepared and ready to defend yourself in court. You should do your best to prove that there was not coercion and that the estate plan was set up according to the wishes of the decedent, who was of sound mind. Moreover, you should be aware that these disputes can get very emotional and may even lead to permanent friction within a family. You should try to reduce the impact of this dispute, if at all possible.
Working through estate disputes can be very taxing, but you should firmly defend yourself against false allegations. On our estate planning page, more topics related to undue influence can be accessed.