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Your Online Prenup Template Might Leave You Unprotected

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

In today's digital age, a simple Google search can lead you to a plethora of resources for just about any task. Need to fix a leaky faucet? There's a video for that. Want to learn how to play the ukulele? A tutorial is just a click away. Looking to draft a prenuptial agreement? Thousands of templates are at your fingertips. But here's the million-dollar question: should you trust a one-size-fits-all online template for something as significant and personal as your prenuptial agreement?

As a family law attorney, I understand the appeal of finding a prenup template online to save money. However, I caution against going the DIY route. Here's why:

Online templates are generalized and may not account for your unique situation. Every couple has different assets, finances, family dynamics, and goals for marriage. An internet template simply can't cover all the bases in the customized way a lawyer can through an in-depth consultation.

There are complex legal implications to prenups. Prenups deal with intricate issues like defining separate and marital property, alimony, inheritance, and more. If your DIY prenup overlooks or misrepresents any key legal aspects, it could be ruled entirely invalid down the road.

You need an advocate on your side. A lawyer isn't just there to draft an agreement — they negotiate on your behalf and ensure the terms are mutually acceptable and enforceable. Online templates offer a false sense of protection. Even if you manage to draft a DIY prenup free of errors, it may ultimately fail to hold up in court if your spouse ever contests it. Judges scrutinize prenups drafted without adequate legal counsel on either side.

The cost is worth it for peace of mind. My fees may seem steep, but they pale in comparison to the financial and emotional costs of a bad prenup — or worse, an unfair divorce settlement. Think of my guidance as an investment toward your future.

Protect yourself and your relationship. Hire an experienced family lawyer to handle your prenup. With so much on the line, this is not the place to cut corners. Don't let an online template make decisions that profoundly impact your life.

Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and readers should not act upon any information provided without seeking professional legal counsel. The author does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information provided. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the reader.

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