You can do virtually anything yourself-like paint your house, fix your car or even perform your own surgery. Similarly, it’s always possible to put together your own prenup. I mean, it’s not rocket science. But if you want to create a premarital agreement–one that will actually be enforced by a judge–that is a different question. Do you need a lawyer for a prenup?
For the most part, prenups are just like any other contract. That contract has various requirements that must be met before it will be enforced. For example, you must have mutual promises and consideration to enforce any agreement.
California has certain specific requirements for valid prenups that are based upon the laws created by the state legislature and years of case law generated by the courts of the state.
In most cases, you will need an attorney who specializes in prenups to help guide you in determining what is and isn’t permissible for a premarital agreement. Your attorney will help you understand the variety of issues in your specific situation and provide advice to navigate those issues.
More and more people are seeking the advice of an experienced lawyer to help them create a prenup. At the same time, most people who are about to get married with significant assets generate a prenup to help them protect what they’ve earned. If you’re in that category, invest in the services of an experienced Orange County prenup attorney.