Exploitation in the form of Predatory Marriage

This less-well known of exploitation concerns an elderly person with dementia being befriended, isolated from their wider family and secretly married to an abuser. Upon their death the abuser inherits the total estate. This briefing will be provided by the daughter of a person exploited in such a way, and who is now trying to change the law and raise awareness of this little-known form of abuse.

“Your mother and her man friend – did you know they were married?” So, with a phone call from Joan Blass’s doctor, began a horrific series of events which have highlighted the gaps in safeguarding for the elderly and the vulnerable, both at the time of marriage and in the Law.

In March 2016 Joan Blass was almost 92 years old, with severe vascular dementia and terminal cancer.  She was unable to make the simplest decision and never knew that she had remarried just five months before her death.

Joan’s daughter Daphne Franks tells the story of a secret marriage, a revoked will, an unmarked grave, grooming, gaslighting, a Private Member’s Bill and a campaign to highlight all the issues.  The Franks family hope to fill all the gaps so nothing like this will ever happen to another family in the future – because, as they have learned, it’s currently happening to many of our elderly and vulnerable and their families.

In this session Daphne will share her story and outline some of the issues with the current system and safeguard*, including:



March 2023

Date Time Duration Location Places Available  
30/03/2023 10:00-11:30 1 Day Virtual 5 Book