Goodman, 47, is scheduled to go to trial for manslaughter in March in connection with the Feb. 12, 2010 car crash that claimed the death of 24-year-old Scott Wilson.
Goodman, the owner and founder of Wellington‘s International Polo Club Palm Beach, is also the target of a civil lawsuit filed by Wilson’s family, and his financial exposure in the crash may have sparked the adoption procedure.
Goodman’s adoption of Heather Hutchins, his galpal since 2009, was finalized in October in Miami-Dade County, according to WPEC-Channel 12. Because of the private nature of adoptions, the paperwork isn’t readily available. But hints of the legal move appeared in paperwork filed by Wilson’s family in the civil lawsuit.
As Goodman’s child, Hutchins suddenly became the beneficiary of the income of Goodman’s multi-million dollar trust, according to CBS12. Goodman has two natural teenage children – but the trust mandates Goodman’s children to be 35 years old before they can cash in.
In an opinion Glenn Kelley, the judge on the civil case against Goodman, wrote: ”The court cannot ignore the practical implications of directing trust assets to Ms. Hutchins . . . The events border on the surreal and take the court into a legal twilight zone.”
Investigators say Goodman, the heir of a Texas fortune, was drunk when he allegedly blew a stop sign on a dark Wellington road and crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s economy car. Wilson drowned in his partly submerged wreck.
One of Goodman’s lawyers told the station that the adoption was designed for estate planning.
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