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When the Vows Break: Hefner Engagement a Celebration of Life

Posted: 01/28/11 03:47 PM ET

Everybody's bashing Hugh Hefner for getting engaged to a woman who could be his great-granddaughter.

And I know people expect the divorce lawyer to say that the future Mrs. Hefner, 24-year-old Crystal Harris, could be a gold digger. And Ol' Hef better get himself an iron clad pre-nup or he'll lose half his fortune and beloved magazine.

Even Hef's ex-girlfriend is talking to the press about it.

"I feel like he (Hef) is making a hasty decision. I'm not sure Crystal is the best thing for him," Holly Madison told Life & Style. "They could end up divorcing, and she could take half his money."

Well folks, I'm certain Hefner is sophisticated enough to know he should protect himself.

Besides, money isn't everything.

In my profession, I've witnessed a lot of broken hearts. And after representing so many clients, I could become forever jaded at the prospects of "lasting love" for anyone.

But I just won't let it happen -- and neither should you.

I look at Hugh Hefner's engagement and I see a celebration of life.

"This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner wrote in a Twitter post after proposing.

You could rip Hef with one-liners about how much an old guy can remember, or you can see it my way.

A lot of baby boomers that grew up with Playboy are nearing retirement age in this tanking economy. And some of them worry about their golden years and are scared of what old age might bring. For them, Hefner should be a beacon of hope.

He's still working. He's still vibrant. And most of all, the old boy has found love.

Sure, Harris is a real stunner -- and 60 years his junior.

Get over it.

It's still love and that's special no matter when you find it.

Actor Robert Duvall, who is 41 years older than his wife, recently told Esquire Magazine his thoughts on May-December romances.

"I was a little concerned about being with a much younger woman at first. So I asked Wilford Brimley about it," Duvall said. "He said, "Let me tell you something, my friend, the worst thing in the world for an old man is an old woman!"

That might not be true for everyone, but being honest about loving someone -- even if some people just can't see the attraction or question your motives -- is the greatest part of life.

So when I hear people talk about Hefner and his bride-to-be that's what I think about.

Well, that, and how in California -- like a lot of states -- a future spouse doesn't have rights to your non-marital wealth and property acquired before you say I do.

With Hef's history of amicable breakups, I'm sure he and his ladylove will be just fine.