I interviewed 1,000 men to find out what really happened after a dating disconnect.
The lawyer will want to know first if Dad has a power of attorney in place, says Steve Hartnett, associate director of education at the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.
“People are living longer and are more likely to enter into new romances after a divorce or the death of a spouse,” he said.
Assuming that your father (or mother) is of sound mind, he has the legal right to do whatever he wants with his money. Don’t jump to conclusions, says Susan Newman, a social psychologist and author of “Nobody’s Baby Now: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship with Your Mother and Father” (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009).
In our shaky economy, financial security is more volatile now than ever before.
Men are increasingly sensitive about finding someone genuine who will stick with them “for richer or poorer.” They often avoided a woman if she wrote in her online profile something along these lines: “I love shopping” or “I adore fine wines and champagne.” In an initial email exchange, men cringed if a woman wrote “I’m looking for a man who is generous” or “a man who has achieved career success.” Men believed these were proxy statements for “I want to be taken care of financially.” Of course, these were often misperceptions, but in the early stages of dating, perception is reality.