You’re Engaged…Now What?
The investment in preparing your marriage foundation with proper legal planning can save a heartache if the marriage fails or when one spouse dies.
Planning for a marriage is a big ordeal with many details to attend to. With all of the excitement, the last thing a happy couple wants to think about is the possibility that the marriage could end up in divorce. But sometimes, despite all best efforts, a marriage does fail. Here in Florida, the divorce rate is almost 60%.
Whether this is your first marriage or second marriage, if you are entering the marriage with any assets, it is wise to consider newlywed planning.
But I Love My Fiance…We Don’t Need a Prenuptial Agreement
Newlywed planning isn’t just about creating a premarital/prenuptial agreement, although that is certainly one strategy to consider. Newlywed planning goes hand in hand with estate planning because other strategies involve setting up a separate property trust to segregate property that a spouse enters the marriage with. It may even provide the couple with asset protection that can give them both peace of mind.
Really, newlywed planning is about being proactive in getting your legal and financial house in order. Couples are able to talk about financial issues in a neutral environment and can establish guidelines so as to avoid future financial misunderstandings.
To prenup or not to prenup? That is the question. Either way, having a separate property trust is important to consider prior to marriage, especially if one or both spouses are coming into the marriage with assets of their own.
If you are in a second marriage, or if either you or your spouse has children from a prior marriage, it is particularly important for you to have a solid estate plan. At Wake Law, LLC we are experienced with this type of “blended family” planning and sensitive to the issues that it raises. For example, in families with children from prior relationships, or if you and your spouse have different beneficiaries, your estate planning goals may conflict. The creation of a revocable living trust will help to ensure that your wishes are carried out and that your children and other loved ones are protected.