Gaslighting an Elderly Person to Influence Will Beneficiaries

Posted on the behalf of Robert Turner,
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In recent years, the term “gaslighting” has come to prominence in the public arena. Describing manipulating behavior that makes the victim doubt their own memories or sanity, gaslighting is a type of abuse.

One of the ways that gaslighting is used involves coercion. An example of this may include manipulating an elderly person into creating or altering a last will and testament. If you are considered about the physical, emotional or financial welfare of an elderly relative, it is time to act.

Contesting a Will

Even if it is clear that an elderly relative is vulnerable or frail, contesting a will is not a simple endeavor. The process is often a long one and you will need a lawyer with the right experience. When gaslighting is used to coerce the victim, getting to the truth may be a challenge in itself.

A caretaker may abuse the trust of an elderly person in their care using gaslighting tactics. Turner Law can provide guidance and representation if you are concerned about coercive control relating to a will or estate.

Proactive Estate Planning

To help avoid disputes, proactive estate planning is recommended in Georgia. An advanced healthcare directive or living trust may prevent abuse from occurring in the first place. At Turner Law, we can advise you on the best approach to protecting your elderly relative’s estate based on the specific circumstances of the individual.

Although estate planning can be a complicated process, it helps to have an experienced lawyer on your team. A consultation with Turner Law could help you determine the best course of action for you and the people you love.

To learn more about estate planning or contesting a will, reach out to the offices of Turner Law in historic downtown Decatur today.

Posted on behalf of Turner Law, LLC