Protect Yourself with a Prenuptial Agreement
Are you thinking about getting a prenuptial agreement? Are you worried that your partner may be upset if you bring up the idea? We many clients that come into our office with questions about Pittsburgh prenups and most of them have the same concerns. In today’s blog our Western Pennsylvania prenuptial agreement lawyers break down some facts about prenups so you have all the information before you decide whether or not a prenup is right for you.
The conversation about whether or not to enter into a prenuptial agreement may be one of the most important pre-wedding decisions you and your soon-to-be spouse make. Though you may not see it like this, especially if the other person proposed the idea, you need to put your emotions aside and think logically. We get why you may be hesitant to consider a prenup as it’s a weird thing to think about the end of your marriage before the marriage has even begun, but it allows couples to discuss a lot of things which may in fact benefit the relationship.
We know that prenuptial agreements have a bad reputation, but this reputation is unfair. It’s important for couples to remember that, like an insurance policy, investing in a plan for your financial future doesn’t increase the likelihood that you’ll ever need to use it. Prenuptial agreements can be a great way to minimize risk, exposure, and costly litigation in the unfortunate event you should ever need to cash in that insurance policy.
Additionally, contrary to popular belief, prenuptial agreements don’t use plan for what happens upon divorce. A well drafted prenuptial agreement can also be a useful estate planning device. Without a prenup, your carefully thought out estate plan can be invalidated by your spouse after your death. A prenup can be especially useful if you have children from a previous marriage or have family heirlooms that you wish to keep in the family.
Lastly, many people believe that only rich and famous people need prenups. Again, this is not true. Prenups are meant to protect couples in the event of divorce. While they do protect all the assets of the rich and famous people, they also protect the average person because it saves them a lot of money if the relationship ends because they won’t have to spend as much money on the divorce proceedings.
If you are considering drafting a prenuptial agreement in Pittsburgh, contact our Allegheny County prenup lawyers at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates. Our team of lawyers will work with you to draft a prenup that will protect you and your future spouse. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.