A prenuptial agreement, commonly referred to as a prenup, can protect you and your spouse in the event of a divorce or spousal death. Prenuptial agreements are not just for the wealthy. Every couple entering into marriage can benefit from speaking with a prenuptial agreement lawyer at our East Brunswick, NJ, practice.
A prenuptial agreement can specify how current and future assets are distributed if a marriage ends.
One of the most important reasons to consider a prenuptial agreement is to keep the court from making decisions for you in the future.
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?
A prenuptial agreement details the division of estate and other assets in a legally binding contract. The contract typically comes into effect in the event of a divorce or spousal death. Prenuptial agreements can serve many of the same purposes as living wills, detailing how much of an inheritance is granted to children and other family members. The agreement can also cover child custody, and is particularly useful for couples who already have a child upon entering into marriage.
Prenuptial agreements also detail a plan for the future, including the assets and estate you generate in the course of your marriage. These assets are often the center of much confusion and contention between divorced couples in the courtroom. Joint bank accounts, shared purchases, and other factors can complicate division in the event of divorce, but a well-designed prenuptial agreement can help this division proceed smoothly.
File with the Help of Legal Counsel
Given the legally binding and complicated nature of prenuptial agreements, it is important that you seek a prenuptial agreement lawyer to assist you and your spouse. Jeffrey Goldblatt personally meets with couples to detail and file prenuptial agreements, and has been doing so since 1982.
In the event that your spouse has hired another attorney to draft a prenuptial agreement, it is especially important that you seek your own attorney to safeguard your interests. Mr. Goldblatt can help you review the prenuptial agreement and recommend changes. He has years of experience in drafting these documents, and can assist in making the prenuptial agreement experience far less stressful and time-consuming.
Benefits of Making These Decisions Now
One of the most important reasons to consider a prenuptial agreement is to keep the court from making decisions for you in the future. Arduous and frustrating divorce disputes over assets and custody can be resolved before they even happen by drafting this documentation early.
Additionally, the spousal death clauses of your prenuptial agreement can ensure you or your spouse retain assets and custody as you intended. It is not uncommon for children from previous marriages and other family members to be awarded assets in the event of spousal death. A prenuptial agreement is an excellent way to make sure you and your spouse make those decisions for yourselves.
Seek Legal Counsel Today
A prenuptial agreement lawyer can provide helpful recommendations and make the experience quick and comfortable. Contact our practice today to speak with Jeffrey W. Goldblatt and begin drafting your prenuptial agreement.