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How to protect your business with a pre nuptial agreement
Planning for a divorce is not something that couples enjoy thinking about when they are about to get married. However, it is important to be prepared for any outcome, especially if one or both partners own a business. Having a pre or postnuptial agreement can be an effective way to protect business assets in the event of a divorce. In this article, we will discuss the importance of pre and postnuptial agreements, reasons for considering a prenup, and how OLS Solicitors can provide expert legal advice to protect your assets and your business.
Importance of pre and postnuptial agreements:
A prenuptial agreement is a contract that couples sign before getting married that outlines the ownership of assets, including businesses. A postnuptial agreement, on the other hand, is a contract that couples sign after getting married. Both agreements should clearly state ownership and how assets will be divided, and can be taken into account by the court when deciding on financial settlements. Although pre and postnuptial agreements are not legally binding in British courts, they can strongly influence any court decisions, as long as the court is satisfied that both partners entered into the agreement willingly and fairly, with full disclosure of their finances and having received legal advice.
Reasons for considering a prenuptial agreement:
- Agree on asset division in advance: By having a prenuptial agreement, couples can calmly agree in advance how assets will be shared in a divorce, rather than having to do so during the emotional time of a separation.
- Retain control of your business: A prenuptial agreement can provide you with total control of your business after the divorce.
- Protect against splitting up the business: For family farms, a prenuptial agreement can be essential in protecting inherited farming assets (including property, farmland, and machinery) or your interest in the farming business.
- Safeguard inherited property or assets: A prenuptial agreement can “ring-fence” any inherited property or assets associated with the business, or which you wish to pass on as an inheritance in the future.
- Protect against business-related debts: A prenuptial agreement can protect you or your spouse from any debts accrued by the business.
- Aid in succession planning for the business: A prenuptial agreement can help with succession planning for the business.
- Record business assets: A prenuptial agreement serves as a record of the business assets and who owns what.
- Prevent business disruption during divorce: A prenuptial agreement can prevent any disruption to the business during the divorce.
How OLS Solicitors can help:
OLS Solicitors is a leading UK law firm with a team of experienced legal professionals who can provide expert legal advice on pre and postnuptial agreements. Their solicitors have extensive experience advising business owners and farming families, and they can help you protect your business interests and assets.
OLS Solicitors can help with
Drafting and reviewing pre and postnuptial agreements
Ensuring that both parties enter into the agreement willingly and fairly, with full disclosure of their finances and having received legal advice
Providing guidance and support to both parties on legal and procedural issues
Liaising with other departments within the company to ensure that legal services are provided effectively and efficiently
Keeping up-to-date with changes in divorce law and procedural rules
OLS Solicitors has a strong reputation and positive review ratings on Review Solicitors, which indicates that they provide high-quality legal services to their clients. They have expertise in all areas of family, commercial, and agricultural law, and they are committed to providing cost-effective legal solutions.
A pre or postnuptial agreement is a vital tool for business owners and farming families to protect their assets and the business.