Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly
39 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2007
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.
Keywords: undue influence, elders, mortgages, guarantees, gifts
JEL Classification: K10, J14, K40
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