Have you recently got engaged? If so, congratulations on this bright new beginning in your life! With all the excitement around your nuptials, you shouldn’t forget to discuss drawing up a prenuptial agreement with your beloved and one of our trusted prenuptial agreement attorneys at The Law Offices of Thomas Stahl.
While this may seem like a bad omen for your future together, our law practice sees it as being proactive about protecting your assets and avoiding future litigation should you divorce or separate. These agreements benefit both you and your soon-to-be spouse in that you both can hash out financial matters that could later destroy your marriage if never discussed and agreed upon.
When you hear the term “prenup,” you likely imagine famous actors and musicians going through a nasty public divorce drama. The reality is that marital agreements like these are beneficial for anyone getting married. These contracts can address debt incurred from pursuing college or determining if you will own all or part of a business you started before tying the knot. If you plan to invest in real estate or earn an income significantly more than that of your spouse, these agreements can set out parameters to protect your interests should your union not last.
You may think that paying an attorney to do some paperwork is ridiculous and opt for a do-it-yourself packet from an online legal document site. While this is one way to get it done, you should consider this process requires more than filling out a template and listing assets. The court is specific about how a prenuptial agreement gets created and how it gets drawn up and executed. Suppose it fails to meet state standards of being fair, legitimate, and voluntarily entered into without coercion. In that case, a judge could later determine it is not valid, putting all of your assets up for division when divorcing.
The only sure way to avoid this situation is to work with a highly skilled prenup lawyer. Our legal team at The Law Offices of Thomas Stahl is just a quick call away. It can set up a consultation to assist you in determining the factors you need to consider in your prenuptial contract or advise you on signing such an agreement or not.