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Prenuptial Agreements

Sophisticated and Enforceable Prenuptial Agreements Drafted by a Veteran Salem Attorney

Before you say “I do,” secure your premarital assets

Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, as they’re often called, are not just for the wealthy anymore. Massachusetts laws are flexible in interpreting these agreements, making it risky for those who are concerned about protecting their assets acquired before marriage not to have a prenuptial agreement. If you have family wealth, business interests or any other property that you want to hold on to in the event of divorce – to protect your family or your own interests – you need an agreement that you can be confident is upheld in a Massachusetts court. At Legasey & Associates, I have more than 35 years of experience helping to draft solid and enforceable prenuptial agreements for clients who wish to plan ahead.

Without a professionally drafted legal agreement, couples cannot be sure that the courts will recognize the validity of their prenuptial contract. Above anything else, it is most important that a prenuptial agreement be unambiguous and clear. During divorce, a judge reviews the agreement and may not enforce any terms that are inexact or drafted contrary to law. That’s why it’s essential to hire a lawyer experienced in drafting prenuptial agreements, with real knowledge of what the courts require to enforce them.

A well-drafted prenuptial agreement can:

  • Protect your monetary assets
  • Ensure that children from a prior marriage are cared for
  • Cover other relatives or beneficiaries
  • Prevent costly and messy divorces
  • Set alimony and child support payments in advance
  • Eliminate surprises
  • Protect your privacy

Prenuptial agreements for same-sex couples

In Massachusetts, premarital financial contracts are also recognized for same-sex couples. However, there are different considerations in drafting these types of agreements, so competent legal counsel is necessary to ensure that the contract is enforceable if required in the future.

Do I need to review a prenup with a lawyer?

If your spouse-to-be wants you to sign a prenuptial agreement, do not sign until you’ve reviewed the agreement with a lawyer experienced with these types of contracts. An attorney can explain all terms of the contract to you so that you are not signing something that is unfair or goes against your own interests.

Contact me for help with your prenuptial questions and concerns

If you are planning to get married and want to protect your assets, contact me, John Legasey, at Legasey & Associates to discuss how I can help. Call me at 978-745-6600 or email me at My office is conveniently located in Salem across from the Peabody Essex Museum.

John Legasey is an AV rated attorney with more than 35 years of family law experience.