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The importance of a valid Louisiana prenuptial agreement

Prenuptial agreements are often recommended when two people with very different levels of wealth marry. However, they are increasingly common for Louisiana couples regardless of their financial situations. A prenup lays out how property, other assets and debts will be divided in the event of a break-up.

We understand that no one wants to think about the possibility of divorce while they’re planning their wedding. That’s why we work with couples to draft an agreement that is in line with their values and goals and is acceptable to both of them.

Think of a prenup as an insurance policy. No one wants to think about the possibility that they will get seriously ill or their house will burn down. However, you want the assurance that if it happens, you will not face financial ruin on top of everything else.

Like an insurance policy, a prenup will, by necessity, contain “legalese” that most people don’t understand. However, it is necessary for it to meet the numerous requirements set out under Louisiana law. A prenup that is not properly drawn up by an experienced Louisiana attorney can be deemed invalid.

When you go to the time and effort to get an agreement, you want assurance that it is done properly and will hold up in court. One of the purposes of a prenup is to minimize costly and stressful disputes in the event of a divorce. An improperly-drafted prenup only exacerbates an already painful situation.

We know that each couple’s situation is unique. Some people are marrying for the first time with their whole lives ahead of them. Some come into a marriage with children and other family obligations. Sometimes, one or both people’s assets are tied into a business. We explain the laws that apply to a couple’s specific circumstances. If needed, we can bring in financial advisors and other professionals to help with asset valuation. This will help ensure that each person’s assets are accurately reflected in the document.

If you are considering a prenuptial agreement or have any concerns regarding a prenup that is already in place, you can contact us via phone or online to arrange an in-person consultation. We also handle postnuptial agreements for couples who want to put a matrimonial agreement in place after they’ve said “I do.”

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