Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements
More and more, many married couples are in blended families, where they have children from prior marriages or other relatives they want to benefit after death. These couples want to take care of each other, yet want to make sure that the surviving spouse does not disinherit the family of the first spouse who dies. For that reason, many married couples now execute premarital (i.e., prenuptial or antenuptial) agreements before their marriage, or postnuptial agreements after their marriage, in order to spell out what is expected to be done or not done with the remaining assets by the surviving spouse. In our office, we usually refer to these instruments as estate planning agreements.
Without any such agreement, the surviving spouse could freely disinherit the family of the first spouse to die.
For more information on Postnuptial agreements, read Attorney Barreira’s blog post: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Favorably on Validity of Postnuptial Agreements
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