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Man Adopted Girlfriend as Daughter in Legal Maneuver

Well,
we haven’t seen this one before! Here’s a bit of legal maneuvering that’s
so clever it’s (almost) criminal: a Florida billionaire legally adopted
his 42-year-old girlfriend to shield his wealth from a lawsuit!

[Judge] Kelley had previously ruled that the trust set up for Goodman’s
two minor children could not be considered as part of Goodman’s financial
worth if a jury awarded damages to the Wilsons. According to the adoption
papers, Hutchins is immediately entitled to at least a third of the
trust’s assets as his legal daughter since she is over the age of 35.

In a deposition taken in the lawsuit last May, Hutchins told attorneys
she started dating Goodman in 2009.

William Wilson’s attorney, Scott Smith, said Goodman benefits from
the trust and is using it to try to shield assets. The attorney for
Lili Wilson, Chris Searcy, argued in a motion that by adopting Hutchins,
Goodman can now direct her to remove up to a third of the trust.

"By way of this adoption, John Goodman now effectively owns
one third of the trust assets," Smith said. "It cannot go
unrecognized that he chose to adopt his 42-year-old adult girlfriend
as opposed to a needy child."

Jason Schultz of The Palm Beach Post reports: Link
(Photo: Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post)

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February 3rd, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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