Premarital & Prenuptial Agreements
Alameda County and Oakland Family Law Attorney
According to statistics, many couples believe they could have saved their
marriages if they would have created a financials plan beforehand. If
you are approaching marriage, you may want to discuss a prenuptial agreement
with your future spouse. A premarital agreement is a written contract
that both parties create in order to designate what property each individual
owns. This will include any debts and financial obligations.
While many mainstream media sources display prenuptial agreements as something
only rich people can do, these legal contracts are suitable for any financial
situation. If you and your partner are interested in creating a prenuptial
or premarital agreement, retain an Oakland family law attorney as soon
as possible. Summerall Law, P.C. is here to help with all your marital
and financial concerns. I know how important it is to protect your financial
property, which is why I am ready to guide you through this complicated process.
Be sure to download my
Prenuptial Intake Form for more details about our first meeting, a brief overview of family law,
documents I will require you to bring, and payment information.
Why set up a premarital agreement?
Before you get married, it may be a good idea to sit down and discuss finances
with your future spouse. When you are both on the same page, it can cut
down on future disagreements over financial rights.
Having a legal document in place can result in several benefits, such as:
- Provides clarity on financial obligations & rights
- Reduces arguments or confusion in the case of a divorce
- Protects spouse from debts
- Allows parent to pass on separate property to their child
The Premarital Agreement Process
Here is quick overview of how this works:
- I send you an intake form that asks you what you own (I will need a complete
list of assets and debts for you and your spouse)
- We will do an intake where I will walk you through the major decisions
with you and maybe your spouse and offer some different approaches to
questions such as spousal support, dividing existing property, and what
to do about debts.
- I draft the agreement and send it to both parties to review.
- One person discusses the agreement with their own attorney.
After that review, we meet and sign
at least 7 days before the wedding and preferably six months.
When you make a valid prenup, both parties can walk away with peace of
mind and financial security. A premarital agreement is not a forecasting
for divorce, but rather a protection against it. If you would like to
find out more information about protecting your marriage and finances,
contact my practice at (415) 275-3283.
Download and complete the corresponding
intake form before our meeting.