The concept of insurance has become ingrained in nearly every aspect of our lives. For problems with phones, cars, or computers, insurance is there to offer help and security. At the Law Office of Steven C Benke, we suggest thinking of a prenuptial agreement as a form of insurance for marriage. Of course, we hope you won’t have any problems in the future, but if they occur, a prenuptial agreement protects both you and your possessions.
Prenuptial agreements are often discussed on TV shows or in movies, but what exactly do they entail? Many people think prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthy or those with a great deal of property to protect. This is not true; a number of situations can justify the crafting of such an agreement. A prenuptial agreement is drawn up before marriage and establishes who gets what in a divorce. This could be anything ranging from homes to vehicles to finances. It is important to note that these agreements only include assets and under no circumstances refer to children or custody agreements. Prenuptial agreements are created for the sole purpose of dividing physical assets.
It’s important to note that prenuptial agreements must follow a few guidelines if they are to be considered valid. First, the agreement must be expressed in writing – a verbal discussion is not enough. Second, the agreement must be signed by a notary public with both parties present. Lastly, the agreement must be a voluntary action for both parties. Neither side may be forced or coerced into signing the agreement.
The Law Office of Steven C Benke knows the subject of prenuptial agreements can be both touchy and intimidating. We emphasize the importance of knowing what a prenuptial agreement entails and verifying that everyone is comfortable with the situation. Make sure your partner knows the reasons for creating such a document and discuss this important issue with the utmost care. Be clear that a prenuptial agreement can greatly benefit everyone involved.
If you have any questions about creating a prenuptial agreement or would like assistance in dealing with an existing prenuptial agreement, give our office a call today at (210) 308-0004. The Law Office of Steven C Benke is extremely knowledgeable on the subject and is ready to assist with any of your legal needs.