Lori just finished flipping thru swatches of fabric for the tablecloths with her wedding planner. She left no stone unturned, coordinating the menu so that her fiancé Steven’s plate was gluten-free, her aunt didn’t sit next to the Gilberts and the DJ knew not to play the chicken dance. Between planning her wedding and keeping up with her job as a real estate appraiser, Lori felt she was being pulled in too many directions at once. She wished her fiancé Steven would be more involved, but she also worried that her laser focus might be alienating him.
Lori received a text from Steven to meet him at their favorite bar. It was unlike Steven; he hardly ever texted her, preferring to just give her a call, Lori thought he might be upset or worse — getting cold feet, with the wedding just a week away.
Lori arrived at the bar; Steven was sitting in the back and looked a little distant. “Hey, is everything okay?” Lori asked. Steven took some papers out of his jacket and sheepishly pushed them across the table. “What is this?” she asked. “A prenup,” Steven replied. “My partners at the clinic sent me to our lawyer to get it drawing up they just want to make sure that the practice is protected. My parents think it’s a good idea too.” “Your parents?” Lori answered. She felt ambushed, shocked. They had never talked about money before but this was all too sudden. Lori felt her head spinning and began to tear up as she picked up the papers. What did this mean? Did Steven doubt her commitment to their love? Did Steven think she was after his money? The thought made her feel cheap. Why hadn’t he ever brought this up before? After all wasn’t marriage supposed to be for better or for worse, richer or poorer?
What would you do if this happened to you? Would you feel betrayed like Lori? Would you believe, as Steven, that a prenuptial agreement was a rational necessity? Could we all agree that Lori and Steven could have been better prepared?
With the high divorce rate, second marriages, and later marriages as well as many two income households, prenuptial agreements are becoming more common and practical.
“If you don’t have a prenuptial agreement, don’t see a lawyer, see a psychiatrist.”
– Raoul Felder, Esq. (Donald Trump’s Lawyer)
DATE: December 12, 2013
FROM: Thomas G. Martin, Attorney-at-Law
Foresight Legal Group, P.C.
You may feel uneasy about signing or even talking about a prenuptial agreement with your bethrothed. Maybe you feel it cheapens your love for one another or calls your commitment into question? Maybe you even feel a prenup will jinx your marriage.
Let’s get real: Things change. That doesn’t mean your marriage is doomed to failure, but it does mean you need to be prepared. Marriage is not just about the merger of two soul mates, its’ about the union of two pocket books. You buy car insurance, right? Does that mean you’re gunning to wreck your car and injure yourself? You buy life insurance, right? Does that mean…? You see what I’m getting at?
A Prenuptial Agreement is the best insurance against a costly divorce, bar none. By creating a Prenuptial Agreement between you and your fiancé(e) you’ve cleared the air of ambiguity and potential financial conflict. Consider the alternative. If you and your spouse end up divorcing, you both may spend countless hours using pets or favorite albums as ammunition or spousal support as a noose. It happens. You’ve heard the stories from friends. What’s worse is if you don’t come to an agreement between you and your fiancé(e) now (while you still like each other), the government has their own plan in store for you… and you probably won’t like it. So why not be prepared, and get a prenup? You have everything to gain if you do and everything to lose if you don’t.
Top Prenup Mistake #5: Not Starting Early Enough. Many people know that California imposed a seven calendar day cooling off period, to allow for each spouse to review the final document, prior to signing. That said we often see people deciding to move forward with a prenup a few weeks prior to their wedding. It is best, however to begin the process as soon as possible. This way neither spouse feels pressured to sign something simply so they don’t have to cancel the wedding and so both parties can work with their attorney to come up with the best document possible, representing all interests. Remember some defenses a spouse can use to get a prenup overturned are; involuntary execution, estoppel, laches and that the term(s) are unconscionable.
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Top Prenup Mistake #4: Failing to Fully Disclose Assets and Debts. Married couples have what is called a “fiduciary obligation” to each other. Prior to marriage, California recognizes that because no fiduciary relationship exists, it should impose a disclosure requirement on parties entering into a premarital agreement. Family Code 1615(a)(2)(A) discusses a lack of fair, reasonable and complete disclosures as a possible way to render a prenuptial agreement unenforceable. We are often asked if clients need to disclose small assets or assets they don’t mind losing. It is always best to provide a complete and full disclosure. Often times we work with a client’s CPA or bookkeeper in forming a complete financial picture of our client for the agreement.
- Certainty: A prenuptial agreement sets out the financial arrangements and understandings of you and your fiancé(e). By putting these understandings in a formal agreement, you both know what to expect and need not worry about what will happen on death or divorce.
- Protect Your Premarital Property and Financial Assets: You can preserve property and financial assets that you owned prior to marriage. This may be important as a matter of principle or may be significant for practical reasons such as the obligation to support children from a prior marriage.
- Debt Protection: If one of you brings considerable debts to a marriage, a prenuptial agreement can be used to protect assets of your spouse from being used to satisfy those debts incurred outside the marriage.
- Protect Family Heirlooms: Keeping family heirlooms out of the marital estate may be important when there are children from a prior marriage or other relatives for whom they are intended.
- Protect a Family Business: Keeping control of and property belonging to a family business in the family is one advantage a prenuptial agreement can offer.
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- At Your Convenience: Our approach to preparing your prenuptial agreement is to work around your schedule and your needs. No need for you to drive all around town, struggle to find parking and sit in a room with a stuffy attorney for an hour or two talking about your most personal information. We are available by phone, email, chat and Skype video.
- A Professional to Guide You: We are committed to providing you with quality and value. We take time to keep up with developments in the law to ensure that your prenuptial agreement is consistent with best practices and reflects the current state of the law. Utilize us as your professional guide through this legal maze. Don’t take a chance trying to do it yourself.
- Rest Assured with Our Experience: We have helped hundreds of couples plan their lives together. Working with hundreds of couples, we are familiar with the issues that regularly arise and how best to deal with them. Use our experience to help make your prenuptial agreement quick and easy. Rest assured with our experience.
- Your Satisfaction: Your satisfaction with your experience with us is our #1 priority. We strive to ensure all of your questions are answered and that you are advised in full about implications of the provisions of your prenuptial agreements . We believe your satisfaction is our goal. We have stellar ratings with Yelp!, AVVO and the Better Business Bureau.
- Peace of Mind: Do it yourself online forms or document preparation companies will whip up a prenuptial agreement for you, but take no responsibility for it.
Top Prenup Mistake #3: Including Clauses about Cheating and Other Personal Issues. We always hear of famous couples writing something like this into their prenup. In our practice, we avoid drafting agreements which include provisions regarding personal issues and/or religion. Cases such as Diosdado v. Diosdado (2002) 97 CA4th 470, 474, 118 CR2d 494, have invalidated provisions for sexual infidelity and most jurisdictions will not enforce provisions for personal services during marriage. If our clients want to enter into a separate non-binding agreement regarding these unenforceable issues they are free to do so on their own.
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Top Prenup Mistake #2: Failing to Sign the Document and Keep it Safe. It may come as a surprise, but we have heard of a lot of couples who put in a lot of time and effort drafting and negotiating their prenup, only to not sign it prior to marriage. It just slips their mind? They assume their fiancé(e) did it, but didn’t verify? Whatever the reason, make sure your agreement is fully executed; signed by both parties and attorneys and notarized when appropriate. Then store your agreement in a safe place. We also recommend reviewing it every year or so to see if it is still a good fit for your situation.
Before we present you with our offer, let’s put things in perspective. A prenuptial agreement is the best form of insurance against a costly divorce. But, how much does divorce cost?
These are actual divorce billings, for actual clients – real people like you, not millionaires. Their legal issues are also pretty average and not extraordinarily complicated. And, they are not even done with their divorces. They will likely have to pay additional legal fees, for months.
A prenuptial agreement can streamline many of the issues that come up in divorce: the amount and duration of spousal support, characterization and distribution of (community or separate) property, ownership of retirement accounts and pensions, and others. ”Issues” mean time attorneys spend arguing. Time means money. So the lesser the number of issues, the less money you waste in court.
How much does a prenuptial agreement cost then? Prenuptial agreements prepared by attorneys range from $2500 to $10,000, usually depending on how much money you have.
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Top Prenup Mistake #1: Not getting a prenuptial agreement. Prior to marriage no one actually thinks they will get a divorce, you and your fiancée are getting along, the outlook is rosy and therefore people assume it always will be. The fact is that many marriages do end in divorce and that divorce is extremely costly, both on your pocketbook and on your emotional state. We have found that by working financial matters out prior to marriage; you can enter into your marriage in a confident matter and focus more on your relationship than on your money. As with any contract, it’s better to do the work up front and never have to use the agreement than to be in a situation where you wish you had done something and are now broke and in the middle of a drawn out divorce.
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