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So, there are cases where we can do things on peoples' behalfs which are contrary to their actual desires but which are in accord with their "real" interests.
If I care about my great-great-grandfather, I can, on his behalf, differentially benefit the descendants of those he has wronged.
Rehabilitation professionals routinely encourage clients to act on their own behalfs in scheduling job interviews, confronting family members and work supervisors, securing occupational information, applying for admission to vocational training programs, and a variety of other activities.
They have made many sacrifices on our behalfs and we mourn for them and their families.