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085: Estate Planning Changes Late in Life: Is it Real or is it Elder Abuse?

Absolute Trust Talk

Release Date: 05/02/2022

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Often, when an older adult modifies their estate plan, they are doing it of sound mind because of a change in their wishes. However, there are instances when an older adult makes the change because they are being pressured by someone who is taking advantage of their vulnerability and trust. Unfortunately, this happens more often than not. In the legal world, this is referred to as “undue influence,” which is considered a form of elder abuse. In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk, host Kirsten Howe is joined by RMO LLP’s founding partner, Scott Rahn. Scott’s firm is a national probate...

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Often, when an older adult modifies their estate plan, they are doing it of sound mind because of a change in their wishes. However, there are instances when an older adult makes the change because they are being pressured by someone who is taking advantage of their vulnerability and trust. Unfortunately, this happens more often than not. In the legal world, this is referred to as “undue influence,” which is considered a form of elder abuse.

In a new episode of Absolute Trust Talk, host Kirsten Howe is joined by RMO LLP’s founding partner, Scott Rahn. Scott’s firm is a national probate litigation firm focused on representing beneficiaries, heirs, executors, and trustees in estate and probate litigation matters, and families and fiduciaries in contested conservatorships and guardianships. Scott is a frequent contributor to news media such as the BBC and has been named to the Chambers and Partners “2021 High Net Worth Guide” and the “Best Lawyers in America” list by Best Lawyers. He has also been recognized as a “Top Litigator” by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a “Visionary” by the Los Angeles Times. Together, Scott and Kirsten discuss the impacts of changing one’s estate plan later in life and what litigation looks like for a case that includes elder abuse. Some points they will touch on include:

  • How to recognize elder abuse
  • What kinds of tools, strategies, and information are used in elder abuse-related cases
  • What happens if elder abuse is caught too late
  • How to keep a client’s estate plan intact after they pass away

And more!

This is a very important episode that all family members should listen to. As mentioned above, elder abuse happens every day, and many times, right in front of us. If an elder has an estate in place, it’s in place for a reason, and this episode will help you and your family protect their plan and wishes.