by Guest Author, Certified Paralegal, Robin Crouch
Scene 4: “Silver Slippers” and The Gym
Having recently joined a local gym designed for women, like me, who may be intimidated by traditional gyms, I find the program interesting, and even fun. This is the kind of place where nobody knows your name but everybody knows your game . . .
Dot and Hootie (so named for their exercise technique) were feeling pretty good about their regular workouts, about the weight they'd lost and the firmness they'd gained. That is, until that pesky Flo bounced through the door, one more obstacle between themselves and thinner summer thighs of their dreams. You see, Flo is planning her wedding, her THIRD:
Some months ago, Flo delivered her famous chicken casserole to a recent widower, Harry. Flo was familiar with Harry and the lifestyle he and his wife had enjoyed together. There was nothing Flo wouldn't do to have that same lifestyle, after all, she deserves it. Flo is a two – time widow, with two children of her own. Flo has learned the ins & outs of probate court, she knows her rights as a surviving spouse. As it turns out, Harry is quite a bit older and Flo has the motivation, not to mention a great pair of active wear shorts that ride the great divide.
Harry accepted that casserole along with the casual drop-ins and the coffee cakes, and before long, a new life with Flo became very appealing.
Getting His Ducks in a Row
Unknown to Flo, Harry's desire for that new start did not diminish his capacity for thought, so he made that appointment with his Elder Law Attorney to “get his ducks in a row” prior to popping the question. Harry also has two children, who are very happy that he has found new companionship, but were a little worried about “losing the farm.” After the consultation with his Elder Law Attorney, about this new event in his life, Harry was able to preserve his children's inheritance and provide for his new bride.
Lesson 10: A lonely person wearing clouded glasses can make poor decisions.
A little prevention — good planning, thoughtful choices and a clear discussion among family members — can sidestep an ugly aftermath.
If you are contemplating a new marriage, call us for a consultation with one of our attorneys. We can add a “casserole provision” to your existing estate plan or customize a plan to fit your individual needs.
Next time, Hootie and the ruptured disc.