When clients seek the assistance of a California probate lawyer to ensure that their property will pass as they wish following their death, they trust that their most valuable assets will be taken care of by others. Sadly, sometimes these clients are the victims of San Diego will fraud, whether by a legal professional, friend, family member, or other person of influence. And, unfortunately, elderly clients are particularly at risk in these situations.
How do the elderly become victims of fraud pertaining to their wills?
The act of fraud essentially means telling a lie. When a person creates a will, if they are lied to and that lie results in a change or addition to the will that otherwise would not have been made, this may constitute fraud. The individual responsible for the fraudulent activity may:
- Pressure the victim to make changes or additions to his or her will
- Lie about what is contained in the will
- Lie about how the probate process works
- Take advantage of the person’s confusion
- Take advantage of the emotional state of the elderly individual, who may be facing medical issues, a recent loss of a loved one, or anxiety over the aging process
The resulting changes or additions to the will subsequently benefit the individual. Other friends or family members may not learn about these changes or additions until after their loved one has passed away. Fortunately, it is not too late to take action if the creator of the will is deceased. An experienced San Diego probate lawyer can help guide you through the process of contesting the will on the grounds of fraud.
If you suspect that your loved one may have been the victim of fraud pertaining to his or her will, contact a San Diego probate attorney to discuss your legal options. To learn more, contact The Grossman Law Firm at (888) 443-6590.
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