Be Proactive With a Prenuptial Agreement
Did you get engaged? Congratulations! Have fun planning all the details of your big day, but don’t forget to discuss a prenuptial agreement both with your future spouse and your Maryland prenuptial agreement attorney. At Okun/Billian PA, we provide legal advising and prenuptial agreement preparation services to our clients in Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and other locations throughout Maryland. Based in Owings Mills, we are just a short drive from such cities as Westminster, Reisterstown and Pikesville—or we’ll be happy to meet in your preferred location instead.
Why Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is a contract between you and your spouse. It might seem like a hassle or even a bad omen, but at Okun/Billian PA we see it as being proactive and prepared. By signing a prenup, not only can you protect your assets, but also avoid potentially costly and exhausting litigation. A prenuptial agreement also gives both of you an opportunity to finally discuss those touchy financial subjects that often end up destroying marriages.
What’s Included in a Prenuptial Agreement
Many people boil the prenuptial agreement down to “who gets what” in case of a divorce. It can certainly be used for that purpose, but there are other important topics a prenup can effectively address, including allocation of income and unemployment concerns. The exact content of the agreement will depend on your specific situation and concerns. However, it’s common to use a prenup to cover some or all of the following issues:
- which property becomes joint and which remains a personal asset after the wedding
- how the joint property will be divided
- who is responsible for paying outstanding debts
- what happens to the family business
- terms of alimony and spousal support
- freedom to pursue education goals and career opportunities
- stipulations on raising common children
- provisions for children from prior marriages
- conditions that make this agreement invalid
But before you even get to writing all these important clauses, all assets of each spouse have to be accurately disclosed. Failure to do so may result in a judge declaring your prenup invalid. This happens occasionally for multiple reasons—it’s important to remember that just because you have a prenup, doesn’t mean it will be recognized in court. This is a good reason why you need to hire a prenuptial agreement attorney in Maryland.
It’s Not Just For the Wealthy
It’s true that celebrities and other public figures probably have more reasons to sign a prenuptial agreement. However, a prenup is a good idea for any couple that wants to set financial expectations in marriage. Should you have a shared savings account? What if your spouse wants to pursue a second degree, which will leave you a sole provider? A prenuptial agreement can provide both of you with a clear plan for a bright financial future. In addition, consider a prenup if you own all or part of a business, invest in real estate, have a retirement plan or earn significantly more than your spouse.
Why You Need a Prenup Lawyer
Of course, there are online forms you could use to put together your prenuptial agreement, but we caution you against skipping legal counsel altogether. It’s important to have a lawyer represent your interests in this type of legal matter. In fact, both you and your spouse can have your own lawyer to ensure the agreement is fair, clear and balanced. This will also add credibility to your prenup when it’s reviewed by the judge if it ever comes to a divorce. If you need an experienced Owings Mills, Maryland prenuptial agreement attorney, Okun/Billian PA is just a phone call away. We will make sure the document is written in compliance with Maryland law, and will advise you on the best ways to protect your assets in marriage.
Contact us today or request a free consultation to get help or advice with your prenuptial agreement.
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