Beware of predatory marriages.
Motives for marriage are not always pure.
We like to believe in love.
Some people marry for money.
According to a recent New York Law Journal article titled “Predatory Marriages and the Elderly: A Legislative Solution,” many gold diggers target the elderly.
Does this sounds familiar regarding a senior loved on in your life?
If yes, then it could be a sign of elder abuse.
What should you do?
If your loved one seems to be in danger of becoming a victim of a predatory marriage, talk to him immediately.
Having an estate plan in place can be also prove helpful.
An estate plan specifically excluding the identified predator may make the future marriage less appealing, especially if there is a premarital agreement.
What can you do if the loved one is already married and has died?
There may be little you can do.
You can possibly challenge the marriage as being made while the senior lacked capacity to enter into the contract.
This is not a guaranteed solution, and the burden of proof belongs to you.
The best way to protect your senior loved ones is to be ever vigilant.
Prevention is far more effective than damage control.
Reference: New York Law Journal (May 16, 2019) “Predatory Marriages and the Elderly: A Legislative Solution”