DEAR ABBY: Last night, after we had been engaged for three months, my fiance, "Blake," informed me that he owes $25,000 to creditors. He said part of that debt is because he bought and sold a condo (at a loss) six years ago -- and he felt he needed a nicer car after we met. What concerns me, in addition to his huge debt, is that he gave me an $8,000 engagement ring.
Blake is pressuring me to get married, but I am having second thoughts. Will I be responsible for his debts if we are married? Should I marry him, or should I wait until he pays off his creditors? -- FEELING INSECURE IN TORONTO
DEAR FEELING INSECURE: Your concerns are valid. Your fiance appears to be romantic, but not very practical when it comes to financial matters. Before the engagement goes any further, I urge you to consult an attorney who can explain any possible obligations you will -- or will not -- assume by marrying him. Please don't wait. It will be money wisely spent.