Pre and Post Marital Agreements
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Making the decision to enter into marriage is a serious commitment, and it is important to consider your long-term obligations and the potential disputes that could arise during a separation. At Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP, our attorneys are experienced in drafting, reviewing and modifying premarital agreements to protect the personal and financial interests of our clients. In the past, prenuptial agreements were only considered necessary for couples or individuals with lots of assets. While this still may be the case, there are a number of circumstances that could make a prenuptial agreement beneficial, or necessary.
If you have substantial assets going into your marriage or anticipate inheriting substantial assets, if you want to avoid disputes in the event of a divorce, or if you are concerned about the division of property or if you own a business, a prenuptial agreement allows you to establish how that property will be divided in the event of separation or divorce. In some circumstances, spousal support rights can be limited or avoided by a prenuptial agreement.
Working Towards an Effective Prenuptial Agreement
While discussing the potential of divorce may not seem romantic, it allows you and your future spouse to have an honest dialogue about these crucial financial issues prior to marriage. When you work with a Pasadena divorce lawyer at our firm, you work with an experienced legal professional who knows all aspects of prenuptial agreements and can effectively protect your rights.
A Pasadena family law attorney with our firm will be sensitive to the issues that you face and will work constructively with opposing parties on even the most emotionally charged and divisive issues. We are available to assist you on the following matters:
When creating a prenuptial agreement, the following issues are important to keep in mind:
Legality of the documents. To ensure the legality of your prenuptial agreement, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate well in advance of a wedding date. For a prenuptial agreement to be valid, both parties must have independent representation, both parties must fully disclose their financial circumstances, and the contract cannot be created under duress. California has complicated statutory provisions which require the services of a skilled family law specialist in drafting an appropriate and enforceable prenuptial agreement that will be upheld if challenged in court.
Modifications and future disputes. People change, and, by definition, the marriages that those people are in evolve and change as well. And your prenuptial agreement can change as well. If you already have a prenuptial agreement and are interested in a modification or if you are facing a dispute over a prenuptial agreement, we can help. In intact marriages, postnuptial contracts can sometimes be negotiated to deal with specific situations that come up and can serve to solidify marriages that may be plagued by ongoing tensions over certain property or debt issues. We are often consulted in these situations and can provide sensitive service aimed at making marriages even stronger and less vulnerable to such problems.
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Prenuptial agreements can address:
- Division of real estate
- Division and interest in family business
- Interests in family heirlooms and jewelry
- How accumulation of property during marriage is treated
- Division of all personal property
- Estate planning matters
- The amount and duration of spousal support that one party will be entitled to, if any
Long-term security for you and your family. Establishing a prenuptial agreement allows you and your future spouse to have an honest conversation about the division of assets and spousal support rights in the event of divorce. A prenuptial agreement can help you protect your rights and avoid future disputes.
At Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in your family law matter and establishing a solution that works for you and your family in the long run. You can trust that your Pasadena family law attorney will always remain available to answer your questions, address your concerns and effectively assert your rights through the entire process of achieving your goals. For a free phone consultation with an experienced attorney, please call 626.449.4812 or contact us online. We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP is located two blocks south of Lake Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Our firm is accessible from the 110 (Pasadena) Freeway and the 210 Freeway. Free parking is available. We also have attorneys who speak Mandarin and Japanese.
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