Marrying for Money: Michael Fedalen Addresses Growing Elder Abuse Trend with Healthline

Marrying for Money: Michael Fedalen Addresses Growing Elder Abuse Trend with Healthline

Marrying an elder for his or her money is a growing kind of abuse in the United States. Litigation attorney Michael Fedalen addressed this issue with Healthline for the article, “Growing Kind of Elder Abuse: Marrying Seniors for Their Money.” He explains, “Marriage can be a very dangerous and valuable tool in abuse because there are all kinds of legal pitfalls. Caregivers are forcing the elderly with limited mental capacity into confidential late-life marriage for the purpose of taking advantage of them financially.”

He adds, “You can have a marriage right at the end of a person’s life and have allegations of no capacity or that the person was forced into marriage, yet there’s no way to challenge the surviving spouse.”

In order to avoid this type of abuse, Mr. Fedalen advises that the law “should be changed to state that marriages aren’t voidable post-death, unless there is an allegation of undue influence, fraud, coercion, et cetera, or you can prove elder abuse.”

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