Post # 1
I am planning to have a prenup agreement. Has anyone used LegalZoom to draft a prenup? Is it a good way to do it or do you think it’s worth it to go to an in-person lawyer to have it drawn up? (We live in WI if that makes any difference)
Oh, and for anyone who is going to say that if I’m thinking of a prenup I shouldn’t get married:
I think it’s just good sense to put in writing our views about what’s fair/reasonable at a time when we are in love and we are feeling charitable to each other rather than trying to deal with a messy divorce if we fall out of love and become bitter to each other. I hope we will stay together forever, but I am a very realistic person and recognize that nobody gets married expecting to become divorced.
Post # 3
@saffy: no advice on whos better but very well put, i say go to a lawyer
Post # 5
My SO and I will both be getting separate in-person lawyers. I figure that if we’re drafting a prenup to protect our assets, we can at least spring for the cost of good lawyers:)
Post # 6
I absolutely would not recommend using Legalzoom for prenups. Prenups are tricky and prior to signing, it is recommended that both parties get the assistance of an attorney to review. Prenups can be so tricky that many attorneys in related fields, such as family law, refuse to work on prenups for fear of malpractice lawsuits.
Post # 7
As “technically” a lawyer, though admittedly not practicing or focused on family law, go to separate lawyers. The litigation (if it ever happens) will be over intent of the words chosen and you may (together) accidentially choose words that have a legal consequence or at least connotation. Also, as you sort of implied, each state is different. WI may have some weird rules or precedent (who knows… except a local lawyer).
Post # 8
My fiancee and I are doing a prenup as well… turns out that WI is a state where there are special local rules that you would prob want an atty to explain.
Honestly, I think legal zoom is a big risk because a prenup that isn’t drafted properly won’t really do you any good anyway. An atty could also help you plan for things that you may not have thought of on your own. If you don’t know of any attorneys you can contact your state bar and they may be able to help you find an atty who does prenups. I would imagine that once you consult with an attorney, they will likely tell you the best way to approach the drafting situtation (i.e. if you should start out with separate attys and draft separately or first hash out an agreement and then consult separate attys regarding how that agreement will affect you and revise as needed). Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Lawyer. If you have enough assets that you want them to be protected then hiring an attorney (two is preferable) is a smart idea. Prenup rules vary widely by state and you may need to regularly update it (also ask about a post nuptial agreement.)