Elgin, Illinois Attorneys for Prenuptial Agreements
Experienced Family Lawyers Serving St. Charles, Crystal Lake, and Geneva
While the premise of a prenuptial agreement might seem like tempting fate, the reality is that it is just a way to plan for the unexpected. At Pucci Pirtle, we understand that addressing a potential divorce can be a sensitive subject, but we respond to the concerns and questions of our clients with respect and care. Our attorneys take the time necessary to ensure that you understand the purpose and importance of a prenuptial agreement. We will assist you in drafting a plan that meets your needs and wishes.
Do I Really Need a Prenuptial Agreement?
We often encounter clients who chose not to draft a prenuptial agreement but later wish they had. For some, the reluctance may have stemmed from not wanting to cause any discomfort or conflict before their marriage, but most simply did not believe they needed one. Either they were unwilling to accept that their marriage could end in divorce, or they lacked assets and assumed they did not need one. However, prenuptial agreements can be beneficial in many situations. For example, you might benefit from a prenuptial agreement if you have:
- Children from a previous marriage;
- Retirement or investment accounts established before the marriage;
- A significant disparity in the net worth of marrying parties;
- An existing business;
- A financial commitment to an ex-spouse;
- A potential spouse with a lot of debt; or
- Any other unique financial circumstance.
Nearly every couple can benefit from the drafting of a prenuptial agreement. If nothing else, it sets a professional and amicable tone for a divorce, should one occur. If one does not happen, then you have not lost anything. Think of it like insurance, but for your marriage. You hope for the best, but you pay your premium every month and ensure you are covered in case something does happen. Our attorneys can help you in devising this important marital coverage and will work hard to ensure you have effectively planned for the worst case scenario.
High Asset Marriages
When you walk into a marriage with a high net worth, you are at risk for losing a substantial cut of the fortune you have worked so hard to earn. Pension plans, businesses, vacation homes, and other high value assets can easily get co-mingled with marital assets, leaving them open to become a part of your marital estate in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement can protect those assets, and even ensure that future growth or appreciation are excluded from the marital estate, shielding them from the division of property, should a divorce become an issue in the future.
Contact Our Skilled Family Law Attorneys
To learn more about how a prenuptial agreement may benefit you or your spouse, consult the experienced legal team at Pucci Pirtle. We can help you understand your options and assist you in drafting an agreement that works for your marriage. Contact us at 847-426-1866 (Elgin, IL) or 630-945-8807 (St. Charles, IL) to schedule a free initial consultation. Our attorneys serve clients in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Huntley, Geneva, and DuPage, Kane, and McHenry Counties.