Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement? By Jeff Weissman

A prenuptial agreement spells out in clear language how the assets of both parties will be distributed in case a marriage ends due to divorce or death. Although most couples do not want to spoil the romance by talking about prenuptial agreements, they often make good financial sense.

Prenuptial agreements protect the wealthy as well as those who want to maintain property assets or investments such as stocks and retirement funds. Agreements also protect people who have children or grandchildren from a previous marriage, and similarly, those who maintain responsibility for the care of an elderly parent. Further, people who expect to receive an inheritance should consider a prenuptial agreement.

Many couples enter into a prenuptial agreement when one partner possesses more wealth than the other, when one is a student preparing to enter the field of medicine or another high-earning profession, or when one partner works to put the other partner through college. Conversely, a prenuptial agreement can be leveraged if one partner maintains significant debt that the other does not want to take on.

An Attorney and Partner with Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., Legal Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jeff Weissman commands experience in a variety of marital and family law issues. Mr. Weismann has presented several seminars for the Florida Bar Family Law Section on subjects such as drafting prenuptial agreements, equitable distribution, and enforcement of legal obligations.

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Board certified in Marital and Family Law, attorney Jeff Weissman has been called to present at numerous conferences and seminars. He also authored the Parental Relocation Law, Section 61.13001, which was enacted in the State of Florida in 2006. Jeff Weissman has presented regularly for the Florida Bar Association, Family Law Section. In late 2010, Weissman spoke on practical and theoretical aspects of evidence within a family law context. Earlier that year, he gave a seminar on practice and procedure, which was attended by over 1,000 attorneys and other legal professionals from across Florida. In 2009, Jeff Weissman led seminars on equitable distribution and development of time-sharing parenting plans. He also moderated a judicial panel on parental relocation issues. These events each attracted hundreds of legal professionals. In addition, Weissman led basic family law seminars in Miami and Tampa, covering issues such as attorney’s fees, methods for determining jurisdiction, and practices and procedures. Jeff Weissman has also accepted speaking engagements in the corporate sector. Jeff Weissman studied at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, graduating in 1994. He has focused on family and marital law since that time, and he has served as a Partner at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. for more than a decade. Weissman holds two Florida Supreme Court certifications: as a Mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem. He has been recognized with numerous professional awards, including repeat listings in Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

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