Monday, July 6, 2015

A Pleas for Prenuptial Agreements

Although published almost 10 years ago, Preventing Financial Suicide Through Prenuptial Agreements still rings true today. If you are considering getting married, my strong recommendation is to get a prenuptial. Yes, you are in love and think your partner is perfect but, believe me, people can and do change. It is incredible what evil people will commit to for money. The temptation is often just too great for those without a strong moral compass especially when encouraged by unscrupulous lawyers. 

Another way to look at a prenuptial is that having one makes it more likely your marriage will last as it reduces the incentive to divorce. So if you really want to be married forever then get the prenup! 
"Ours is a sick profession marked by incompetence, lack of training, misconduct and bad manners. Ineptness, bungling, malpractice, and bad ethics can be observed in court houses all over this country every day. (...these incompetents have) a seeming unawareness of the fundamental ethics of the profession. ... the harsh truth is that ... we may well be on our way to a society overrun by hordes of lawyers, hungry as locusts, and brigades of judges in numbers never before contemplated."
--Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger
Prenups for Lovers: A Romantic Guide to Prenuptial Agreements (Amazon link non-affiliate) by Arlene Dubin looks to be a nice overview of them.

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