Post # 1
I would like a prenup before I get married. I hope nothing bad happens, but I would like to protect myself just in case.
I called around to a few lawyers, who are estimating it is going to cost me about $2000 for the prenup and that is if there is no going back and forth to negotiate.
I found some sites online that have DIY prenup documents, one site is free another charges $29.95.
Do any of the Bee’s have prenups? What was your experience like? Did you pay a lawyer or did you use a template? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
If you have enough assets that you feel need protection, I would absolutely spend the 2K to see a lawyer. I would never do a DIY prenup or sign anything without the advice of a lawyer.
Post # 4
I agree with the pp. I think a DIY prenup could leave you exposed – I’d pay the difference and get a lawyer if you feel the need to have protection.
Post # 5
But I’m a lawyer, so I might be biased 😀
Seriously, though, if something does go wrong in the future, you will definitely want a legit prenup from a lawyer! Lots of those DIY legal documents do not conform to specific state laws which can render them completely invalid, and you would have no cause of action against anyone if that were to happen. Of course, lawyers can make mistakes too, but if a lawyer makes you a bad prenup, you can sue him for malpractice and recover your damages. If YOU make an invalid prenup with a DIY form, you’re SOL. It is worth the 2K for the security, especially if you have enough money that you feel you need to protect with a prenup!
Post # 6
@ajillity81: $2,000 for a good Pre-Nuptial Agreement, drawn up by a competent lawyer, seems like an excellent deal as far as I am concerned. I would not recommend a DIY Pre-Nup as I doubt it would ever hold up in Court if it came down to that. It would not be worth the paper it is written on. Both parties need independant legal advice from competent counsel in order for a Pre-Nup to hold up before a Court.
PS. I am a legal assistant for a divorce attorney, so I have experience in this area.
Post # 7
Use a lawyer. Get an ironclad prenup.