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undue influence

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Definition law:  excessive persuasion that takes advantage of another's weakness of mind (or distress or necessity) such that the victim's inability to withstand the persuasion results in the victim making a decision they would not otherwise have made
  • Courts will find that someone drafting a will was subject to undue influence if they gave into the pressure rather than writing the will based on their desires.
  • What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • That she would have—that it is a case of undue influence.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Most people would agree that money has an undue influence on elections and that far too much money is spent on political campaigns.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Middleton, jealous of his own consideration no less than of the authority of his government, suspected some undue influence on the part of the agents of the Canadas; and, as he was determined to maintain the authority of which he was the representative, he felt himself constrained to manifest a hauteur, that he was far from feeling.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Not only many of the officers of government, who obeyed the dictates of personal interest, but others, from a mistaken estimate of consequences, or the undue influence of former attachments, or whose ambition aimed at objects which did not correspond with the public good, were indefatigable in their efforts to pursuade the people to reject the advice of that patriotic Congress.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He had availed himself, in this heavy undertaking, of the experience of a certain wandering eastern mechanic, who, by exhibiting a few soiled plates of English architecture, and talking learnedly of friezes, entablatures, and particularly of the composite order, had obtained a very undue influence over Richard's taste in everything that pertained to that branch of the fine arts.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The key to this case is the issue of undue influence, and there are several ways to prove it.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • The term 'undue influence' is a legal term and will be crucial in this case.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • We will attempt to prove undue influence by discussing a prior will made by Seth Hubbard.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • That screams of undue influence.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • One sign of undue influence is the making of a gift that is unusual or unreasonable.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • The issues have been boiled down to what we expected, to those , always in play in a will contest; to wit, testamentary capacity and undue influence.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • Jake delicately explained the concept of undue influence.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • His two kids will lawyer up and howl about undue influence.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • Criminals, he hinted, who were in cahoots with all sorts of folks — folks who'd stop at nothing to assert undue influence on him, because of his growing political connections.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • The Supreme Court invalidated the last will on the grounds of undue influence, and gave as a significant reason the fact that the "surprise beneficiary" had been so involved in the making of the new will.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • To this union of the Senate with the President, in the article of appointments, it has in some cases been suggested that it would serve to give the President an undue influence over the Senate, and in others that it would have an opposite tendency, a strong proof that neither suggestion is true.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Such a council, in fine, as a substitute for the plan of the convention, would be productive of an increase of expense, a multiplication of the evils which spring from favoritism and intrigue in the distribution of public honors, a decrease of stability in the administration of the government, and a diminution of the security against an undue influence of the Executive.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Lanier continued, "It goes to the issue of undue influence.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row

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