Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I'm the chair of Hackard Law, a law firm focusing on estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California's major urban areas. I'm the author of The Wolf at The Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. The book will come out in early autumn. This is episode 10, where I speak on the vulnerability of an Alzheimer's patient to undue influence.
Undue influence is the most insidious method of elder financial abuse. Whether through isolation, emotional manipulation, or other means, bad actors exerting undue influence abuse their positions of trust and authority for their own selfish benefit.
People can and do force themselves into estates owned by seniors with degenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia. Setting up a system of verification between family members, financial professionals, and attorneys - thereby insuring fair play - is an effective way to stop undue influence and its traumatizing actions against vulnerable seniors. It is important to note that a safety system is often difficult because undue influencers often isolate, manipulate and even threaten their elderly victims.
If you would like a free digital copy of the book when it comes out email us at [email protected] I'm happy to share this book on this very important topic.