Prenuptial Agreements


What is a "Pre-Nuptial" or "Pre-Marriage Agreement"?


A Pre-Nuptial Agreement, also known as a Pre-Marriage Agreement, is a written contract between two persons who plan to be married.

Within the contract, the prospective spouses make arrangements to alter the usual manner a married couple legally obtains assets and assumes the responsibility for debts. There are a variety of reasons why a person would want to enter into such an agreement. One typical situation is when two older persons who have been married before wish to remarry. They may already have considerable assets and have children. To protect their existing assets and to ensure that their children eventually be given certain property, a prospective spouse may wish to have her fiancée enter into the Pre-Nuptial Agreement. Because such an agreement alters the usual manner property and debts are handled during a marriage, careful planning and counseling are necessary.


What is the process for obtaining a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Because a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is a private contract between two persons, the agreement does not require court review or approval. The couple needs to complete a Pre-Nuptial Agreement Worksheet. I will use the worksheet to draft the actual Agreement. Once the worksheet has been finalized and submitted to me, the process can usually be completed within 5 to 7 working days.

How much will a Pre-Nuptial Agreement cost?

The typical legal fee is $875*. However, if the Agreement is more complex than usual, the legal fee may be higher. Notary fees are extra.

* If you pay by credit card, there is a 3 1/2% processing fee.  If you pay by wire transfer there is a $15 processing fee.

How can I get started with a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Simply click on the "Pre-Nuptial Worksheet" button and complete the form. It is important that you fill the worksheet out completely. Once you have completed the worksheet, call my office at 472-8472 and set up an appointment for a consultation.  The consultation fee is $75 for up to 30 minutes.   Be sure to bring the worksheet with you. Without a worksheet, I will not be able to meet with you.  >Click here to get started with a worksheet


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