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Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly


Fiona Burns


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law


Melbourne Univeristy Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2002
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/44

Abstract:     
This article seeks to fill a significant gap in the legal literature concerning undue influence inter vivos. It considers the modern meaning and application of the doctrine from the perspective of the elderly claimant in Australia. In order to do so, there is an investigation of recent cases where elders have sought to have a variety of transactions set aside and have relied on undue influence inter vivos. The survey shows that where elders are concerned, courts generally apply high thresholds before relief is granted. Various possible reforms are canvassed. It is contended that a broad-based legislative reform of undue influence inter vivos is necessary, both to protect elders and to allow them the freedom to deal confidently with their own assets.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: undue influence, elders, mortgages, guarantees, gifts

JEL Classification: K10, J14, K40

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Date posted: July 22, 2007  

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Burns, Fiona, Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly. Melbourne Univeristy Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2002; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/44. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1002243

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Fiona Burns (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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