Prenuptial Agreements Define Individual Property Ownership

Premarital agreements, often called prenuptial agreements, have the stigma of suggesting divorce. The simple fact is that property ownership is complex. If you have extensive or intricate holdings, it's best to clearly define ownership and succession terms to avoid confusion or legal issues.

A clear chain of ownership simplifies business and legal transactions.

There are many names for the premarital agreement: prenups, property agreements, agreements in contemplation of marriage and, in international marriages, it may be called a mahr or meher, depending on how the terms align with Texas law. Contracts signed or modified after marriage are called postnuptial agreements and serve similar functions.

Ownership Can Be A Complicated Concept

A premarital agreement isn't just precedent for division of property in divorce, it serves estate planning functions for blended families and creates a clear distinction between community and individual property that may affect other legal issues like debt or inheritance.

Property ownership isn't restricted to whose name is on the title: when a partner in marriage invests time or talent into a property, it can become reclassified from individual to community property. A well-crafted premarital agreement clearly defines ownership.

Founding attorney Michelle S. Lanfear is a San Antonio divorce lawyer with over 20 years of experience working with sophisticated estates. She is certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Trust Our Experience With Complex Property

To protect your interests, you want the most accurate and detailed definition of ownership as possible. At Lanfear & Associates, we work with an established network of real estate experts, accountants and professional investigators. Our experienced team understands the nuance and organization required with protecting your complex property holdings.

We have experience with complex premarital agreements, including international marriages, out-of-state agreements and working with couples married in Texas but divorced in another state. Our knowledge and experience with complex property divorce cases allow us to help clients all the way from San Antonio to the Hill Country and New Mexico.

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Call our office at 210-610-2685 to talk with an experienced premarital agreement attorney today. We are available to help you draft a property agreement, make modifications or to answer questions about family law in Texas. We are also available by email. Send us a message, and we will get back to you.