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Lawyer: Polo Mogul John Goodman Violating Florida Statute

February 2, 2012 by staff 

Lawyer: Polo Mogul John Goodman Violating Florida Statute, Wellington polo magnate John Goodman is charged with DUI manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Scott Wilson and the target of a lawsuit from Wilson’s parents.

In court documents CBS 12 learned Goodman adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend Heather Hutchins last fall in Miami. She’s now a beneficiary of Goodman’s children’s trusts.

“My reaction was that it was both awful and brillant,” said Delray Beach adoption attorney Charlotte Danciu.

Pictures of the children and families Danciu helped over the decades fill her office. She’s also played a role in shaping state adoption laws. She directs us to Florida statutes, “Adoption means the act of creating the legal relationship between parent and child where it did not exist.”

“Unless you intend to create the parent-child relationship, you are violating the letter of the law,” Danciu said.

Goodman’s lawyer Daniel Bachi tells CBS 12, “John Goodman’s adoption was done for estate planning purposes and to ensure protection of both his and her minor children and the stability of all the family investments.”

But giving Goodman’s girlfriend access to the children’s trusts looks like this to adoption attorney Danciu:

“So this was an effort to carve out some of that money to be used by him and his girlfriend to support their lifestyle, which is not the intention of the adoption statute,” Danciu said.

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