is a legal term that refers to inappropriate or excessive manipulation
exerted against a vulnerable
person. The perpetrators of undue influence
position of trust or power to benefit themselves - or causes they
support - at the expense of their victims. Elder abuse, domestic
violence, probate or will contests, professional malpractice,
psychological torture, war crimes, and many other situations often
involve undue influence or similar manipulation strategies.
expert in undue
influence assessment will know several accepted methods for evaluating
influence claims and can clarify: 1) how undue influence occurs;
2) how it
developed in a specific case; 3) the psychology of undue
perpetrators; and 4) the impact of undue influence on victims.
who seems to
benefit at the expense of a vulnerable person will often be required to
that undue influence did not occur. Some of the
automatically raise concerns about undue influence are:
or guardian/conservatee or ward
therapist/patient or client
about undue influence suspicious
circumstances - especially in probate
(will or estate contests).
of undue influence (overt vs. covert undue influence)