Has your significant other asked you to sign a prenuptial agreement? Regardless of the circumstances of a prenuptial agreement, before signing, you should hire a Newark prenuptial agreement attorney. An attorney’s knowledge about prenuptial agreements can help guide you through the review of a prenuptial agreement and help protect your rights.
A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into between two people prior to their marriage. In the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement can dictate anything from guardianship to division of assets. While prior to marriage, most couples don’t want to plan for when their marriage might dissolve, it may be worth it to protect your assets prior to entering into a marriage. If you are interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement or if your spouse asked you to sign a prenuptial agreement, it is important that you have a skilled attorney draft and/or review the prenuptial agreement.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.
Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.