What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?
When two people who are planning to get married create a written contract before the marriage, it is called prenuptial agreement. Typically, the agreement lists the property and debts owned by each person, and it states what each person’s rights to those properties and debts will be after the marriage and in the event of a death or divorce. Prenuptial agreements can also state whether either person will pay alimony or maintenance (spousal support) after the marriage ends.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Prenuptial Agreement?
While you and your fiancé can make a lot of progress toward creating your own prenuptial agreement, if you want to create a clear and binding prenuptial agreement, it is highly recommended that you enlist the service of a knowledgeable lawyer. In fact, each of you will need a separate lawyer to advocate on your behalf. Because there are different laws that govern marriage in each state, you must hire a lawyer who fully understands your state’s matrimonial laws. You need an attorney who can help you create an agreement that meets your state’s requirements as well as one that says precisely what you both would like it to say.
Some sound advice for those who are seeking to create a prenuptial agreement is to discuss your terms before seeking legal counsel. Put those terms in writing, even if it is just an outline. This way, the entire process and the final outcome of the agreement will be more balanced. Then, seek the help of a lawyer who will listen to you, who is experienced, who can create a good personal rapport with you and who will be accessible to you when necessary.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
When choosing an attorney for your prenuptial agreement, select a lawyer who is not only competent, but also experienced in matrimonial law in your specific state. At Steckel Law, we are experienced in matrimonial law in the states of Illinois and Iowa.
It is also crucial that you choose an attorney who is capable of supporting you and your fiancé in negotiating a clear, loving and fair agreement. Steckel Law is well known in the community for providing supportive, knowledgeable legal services to clients. We make it a point to get to know each of our clients and their needs so that we can help them achieve the outcome they desire. We will work on your behalf and follow through promptly on all assignments. If you and your fiancé are discussing a prenuptial agreement, contact Steckel Law today at (563) 265-1714 to schedule a free consultation.