One issue that worries many families of older people is an elderly parent’s susceptibility to a new younger spouse, who might end up upsetting all the carefully laid estate plans that the family has established.
That was one of the problems in the Robin Williams estate fight, even though Williams was just 63 and apparently of sound mind when he passed away. It’s a huge problem for those who are even older.
A Florida appeals court recently allowed a probate court to invalidate a will that had been written under undue influence of the new younger spouse. That’s good news for families who are worried about this type of situation, and the facts of the case provide a good illustration of how families can prevent their plans from being destroyed.
These are the facts in the Florida case: In 2006, Richard Blinn the owner of a yacht brokerage, began suffering from progressive dementia, which didn’t prevent Demetra Blinn from marrying him a year later, when Richard was 82, becoming his fourth wife. In April 2008, Richard Blinn signed a new will leaving everything to his new bride. By June 2011 Richard was found to be totally incapacitated. His daughter Patty Carlman was appointed as his guardian.