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When Prenuptial Agreements are Sexy

More and more couples are marrying. Some for the second, third or fourth time and most are getting married later in life.  That means they have more income, assets, and obligations when they arrive at the altar. So it is no surprise that prenuptial or premarital agreements are becoming a topic of discussion.

Regardless of who you are, what you do, who your loved ones are, and what you own, planning for your family and for your assets is a necessary and ongoing activity. Estate planning is a process, not an event.

This is especially true when you and your family's situation happens to be a little more complicated than most. In that case, proper planning is absolutely vital. For those about to be wed, proper estate planning may start with a prenuptial agreement.

The importance of the prenuptial agreement comes to us in the same way of most information is exchanged these days: on Facebook.  In this case though, it’s a little more personal for Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has recently wed. A recent article in CBS MoneyWatch titled, “Why Mark Zuckerberg needs a prenup,” gets ‘up close and personal’.

Zuckerberg and his billions aside, the prenuptial agreement has its place in the era of mixed families, divorces, remarriages, and all the other increasingly common family structures today. As I have already pointed out and as the in the original article stressed, people are getting married later in life when they already have commitments for a complicated set of assets, or worse: liabilities! Added to that is the fact that many states, including Virginia, required you to leave your spouse a portion of your estate when you die unless you have a prenup.  In our office, we help our clients see their prenuptial agreement as what it really is: a loving gift you give to one another.  

Reference: CBS MoneyWatch (May 19, 2012) “Why Mark Zuckerberg needs a prenup

Regardless of who you are, what you do, who your loved ones are, and what you own, planning for your family and for your assets is a necessary and ongoing activity. Estate planning is a process, not an event.

This is especially true when you and your family situation happens to be a little more complicated than most. In that case, proper planning is absolutely vital. For many of us, proper planning starts with a prenuptial agreement.

The importance of the prenuptial agreement comes to us in the same way of most information is exchanged these days: on Facebook.  In this case though, it’s a little more personal for Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has recently wed. A recent article in CBS MoneyWatch titled, “Why Mark Zuckerberg needs a prenup,” gets ‘up close and personal’.

Zuckerberg and his billions aside, the prenuptial agreement has its place in the era of mixed families, divorces, remarriages, and all the other increasingly common family structures today. As I have already pointed out and as the original article stressed, people are getting married later in life when they already have commitments for a complicated set of assets, or worse: liabilities! Added to that is the fact that many states, including Virginia, required you to leave your spouse a portion of your estate when you die unless you have a prenup.  In our office, we help our clients see their prenuptial agreement as what it really is: a loving gift you give to one another.  

Reference: CBS MoneyWatch (May 19, 2012) “Why Mark Zuckerberg needs a prenup

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