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Due to inclement weather conditions, the Raleigh office will be closed today, Jan. 21, 2022.

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February 15, 2022

FinTech and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

Continuing the FinTech University series, join chair of Nelson Mullins FinTech and Regulation Practice and moderator, Richard Levin, and attorneys Jon Talcott, Andy Tucker, and Peter Strand for this one-hour session, "FinTech and SPACs." Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be sought for all attorneys requesting. Certificates of attendance are available upon request for CPE purposes. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

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The Estate Planning & Probate Litigation Blog

July 20, 2020

Legal and Psychiatric Perspectives of Undue Influence: Part 1

By Robert H. Brunson

This month, the Will and Probate Litigator Blog is featuring the first installment of a three-part interview with prominent Charleston, S.C. Psychiatrist, Dr. Linda Austin. Nelson Mullins probate litigator Robert Brunson interviews Dr. Austin about the prevalence of dementia in an increasingly aging baby boomer population and the risks that declining cognitive functioning can pose to high wealth families. Dr. Austin, who has served in the past as a court appointed expert to assess mental capacity, discusses how some elderly people can become vulnerable to undue influence, what families should look out for, and what to do from the standpoint of family dynamics. Mr. Brunson, who has represented families over the years in high stakes cases of undue influence and in other types of fiduciary litigation, discusses the basic legal issues that may face families when the matriarch or patriarch is experiencing a mental decline and is vulnerable to an undue influencer.

The interview is divided into three parts. The first installment, posted above, discusses the general issues of cognitive decline and the potential for undue influence. The second interview segment concerns what families should look for if they are concerned that a parent may be vulnerable to undue influence. The third segment includes a discussion of what to do when the family believes a parent or grandparent is being influenced unduly. Each installation is short but contains essential information from both the legal and mental health perspectives of this complicated and often vexing issue.

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