When a 48-year-old multimillionaire from Palm Beach, Florida decided to adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend, the decision definitely turned heads. While the choice may be suspect from the perspective of adoption law, the move may sound more strategic from an estate planning perspective. The decision may have been made to protect a trust set aside for his children. Whether the move will prove to be successful is another.
The 48-year-old’s decision to adopt his 42-year-old girlfriend came after criminal charges and civil legal proceedings were filed against the man when he allegedly drove drunk through a stop sign, hit and killed a 23-year-old and fled the scene of the accident….