Category: Prenuptial Agreements

Who Benefits from a Prenuptial Agreement?

July 29, 2016 | Prenuptial Agreements

Icon for author David Pollock David Pollock

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides that in 2015, there were 72,774 marriages statewide.  During that same year, there were 33,600 divorces and annulments.  These statistics suggest that many, if not thousands, of Pittsburgh residents would have benefited from a prenuptial agreement clarifying the spouses’ financial responsibilities. Spouses Who Should Consider Premarital Agreements Who benefits from having a Pennsylvania prenuptial agreement?  Many people think that only billionaires have a financial […]

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Statutory Share for Surviving Second Wife Trumps Intervivos Trust Formed before Marriage

January 14, 2016 | Court Decisions, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

The Superior Court addressed a novel question in Trust under Deed of David P. Kulig, 2015 PA Super 271 (December 24, 2015), a dispute between the second wife of a decedent and the children of his first wife. The decedent David Kulig formed a revocable trust while married to his first wife Joanne, providing that his children would receive the principal balance of the trust upon his death if Joanne […]

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Do you need a prenup to deal with frozen eggs?

July 23, 2015 | Prenuptial Agreements

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Women who are contemplating IVF, ZIFT, surrogacy and other alternative reproductive techniques (ART), and their parenting partners, should seriously contemplate their need for a pre- or post-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement, in order to determine how the frozen embryos will be used, stored or disposed in the event of a divorce or breakup.  In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a fertility treatment in which sperm and eggs are combined in a lab, […]

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Same-Sex Couples Need Prenups before Marriage

July 15, 2015 | Prenuptial Agreements

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Same-sex couples who are getting married after spending many years in committed relationships may need prenuptial agreements even more than new couples who are just starting out.  That’s the conclusion I’ve reached after contemplating the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, ___ U.S. ____ (June 26, 2015). In Obergefell, the U.S. Supreme Court held that all Americans have a fundamental right, protected by the U.S. Constitution, […]

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