It’s that time of year again when I get phone calls about prenuptial agreements for summer weddings. Remember, in New York, prenuptial agreements will be enforced so long as the terms are reasonable, both sides are represented by separate lawyers, and there is not duress. To prevent duress, neither party should feel pressure to sign the prenuptial agreement because of the wedding around the corner — canceling the wedding can be embarrassing. Therefore, a general rule of thumb is that a prenuptial agreement should be signed 3-6 months before the wedding, or at least before the wedding invitations are sent out.
If you’re getting marriage this summer and are considering a prenup, go ahead and give me a call (with plenty of notice before you plan to say “I do”). After being retained, I have clients complete this Client Data Sheet (it’s not as scary as it looks- I promise).