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Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Law and Society

2010

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Preventing Identity Theft And Other Financial Abuses Perpetrated Against Vulnerable Members Of Society: Keeping The Horse In The Barn Rather Than Litigating Over The Cause And/Or Consequences Of His Leaving, Irene D. Johnson Mar 2010

Preventing Identity Theft And Other Financial Abuses Perpetrated Against Vulnerable Members Of Society: Keeping The Horse In The Barn Rather Than Litigating Over The Cause And/Or Consequences Of His Leaving, Irene D. Johnson

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

This article examines a troubling issue: the execution of important documents by individuals who are vulnerable, because of age, hospitalization, or other impairment, to financial abuse. Oftentimes, such individuals execute wills that are subsequently challenged on the grounds of lack of capacity or undue influence or execute writings which enable financial predators to prey on the individuals. Such predatory schemes often result in injury to the vulnerable individuals which might then be remediated by criminal or civil statute.

The purpose of this article is to propose a procedure by which much suffering and litigation could be prevented. If such a …