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A prenuptial agreement is a legally binding contract establishing how assets will be divided in the case of a divorce or of one spouse’s death. But prenups aren’t just for the ultra-wealthy. Though prenuptial agreements can be especially important for those holding significant assets or debts before marriage, most marital counselors consider a prenuptial agreement to be an extremely effective tool for creating transparency, openness and peace of mind in the marriage.

Prenups can also be an especially important tool for women, who are more likely to spend time outside the workforce caregiving to children or elderly family members. As Allison Walsh, a New York attorney, says, “You don’t think you’re going to get in a car accident, but you sure do buy the insurance anyways.” “The most important thing is that couples should have open and honest conversations before marriage, and understand what the rules are if things go wrong,” Walsh added. “If you do that, you’re much more equipped for a successful marriage.”

What is a prenup anyway?

In short, it’s a contract: A contract for your marriage and what happens if things don’t work as planned. The agreement prepares couples for the unthinkable – ultimately aiming to save both parties in emotional and financial ways. The document frames and narrows the issues in the event of a divorce. With the costs of divorce skyrocketing, a good prenuptial agreement can limit the costs attenuated to the divorce by crystalizing how the financial aspects will be resolved if the marriage goes sideways.

How do prenups compare to post-marital agreements and other arrangements?

There are a few alternatives to prenups that may help couples prepare for their financial future. A postnuptial agreement, for example, is less common than a prenup but has become more popular in recent years. If a couple has a significant change in finances or are having marital issues, a postnuptial agreement can be useful to reflect changed circumstances. Other alternatives include mutual estate planning, and such plans rely on the couples’ state of residence.

What are the benefits to getting a prenup?

First, we like to outline the benefits of simply having a conversation with your partner about the prenup. That process facilitates an open and transparent conversation about your and your partner’s financial situation, which is an important skill to master in marriage. Because, let’s face it, money matters. A lot. In fact, over half of divorced couples report that their marriage ended due to financial strain. Ultimately, we advise couples that this process of “negotiating” a prenup can strengthen their relationship over the long term.

Once the document is signed, it substantially limits the range of outcomes in the event of a separation or divorce, and eliminates many of the levers one party could pull to cause problems (and expense). And by signing the document before marriage, you get to make these plans and difficult decisions from a place of love, rather than from anger or resentment.

As you have this conversation with your partner, we suggest you keep moving the conversation forward, but always consider your partner’s perspective and try create solutions together. Don’t think of the process as a zero-sum game. And don’t hesitate to take a pause when things get testy.

What happens if I don’t have one?

The short answer is, you don’t really know. That’s the troubling part. Family law will govern any dispute, and that’s usually where the battles start. Although everyone assumes he or she will act maturely and rationally during a divorce or separation conflict, it rarely happens.

How much does it cost?

It really depends on the complexity of your situation. Traditionally, couples would pay somewhere between $3,000-$5,000 for a moderately complicated situation. With the advent of sophisticated technology and online platforms like JUSTLAW, the cost can be much lower. In fact, we’ve recently launched a promotion offering a custom-drafted document and a 1:1 virtual meeting with an experienced lawyer for just $529 (limited time only). In short, getting a prenuptial agreement is a lot easier and more cost effective than it used to be!

 

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The Importance of Website Terms of Use

INTRODUCTION

On a website, ‘Terms of use’, which are more often referred to as the ‘Terms of Service’ or Terms and Conditions’ (hereafter, “Terms”) set out rules and regulations which are applicable to the visitors of a website or mobile application. Despite their importance, many entrepreneurs and other site operators often copy these Terms from other sites, giving very little thought to their unique application. At JUSTLAW, we always caution against doing so, as these terms should be tailored to your business and its customers, and they do carry important legal significance.  Read on to learn more.  (Est. read time 2-3 minutes)

At bottom, these Terms are a legal document. They create a contractual relationship between the website visitor and the website owner. Such Terms clarify various aspects of that relationship,  from conditions of providing service, IP ownership, the code of conduct of one user in relation to the other, limits of liability if something goes wrong, disclaimers, and how a user can be suspended from usage.[1]

NEED FOR ‘TERMS OF USE (ToU)’

Because of the legal nature and protection afforded by Terms, they are a ‘must- have’ for all the parties who desire to run their business or offer service efficiently and without any hindrance. These Terms are essentially sine qua non for every company or business who desires to flourish online. This furnishes a need for the development of code of conduct to regulate the user-service provider relation and at the same time govern the relation among different users with ensuring minimal interference with their right to privacy and self-expression.

IMPORTANCE AND ADVANTAGES OF ‘TERMS OF USE’

While is it true that a business does not require legally to set up Terms at the initial stage of their business, to ensure clarity and avoid misunderstanding any good business attorney will recommend that you do so. Such Terms and conditions legalize the control of the service provider on deliberating as to what is acceptable and what is not.[2]

There are a number of inherent advantages that are provided by the Terms.  One of the most important is permitting a site owner to limit the scope of their liability by adding disclaimers, affording substantial protection to the owner in case any error presents itself on the website. Another important benefit of setting up such governing regulations is allowing the effective use and applicability of the Intellectual property law which allow the website owner to product their trademarks, copyrights, patent and other intellectual property or proprietary rights which may be registered or not. This advantage allows the website owner to protect their content, logo, design etc. Furthermore, such terms and conditions are one of the main policies of every company or website owner which  ensure that their website offers a safe environment, free from any abuse, misuse etc. It also allows parties to establish guidelines for suspending account, to mention the laws applicable and the terms to be followed in case a dispute arises.

CONCLUSION: HOW CAN WE DRAFT A STRONG TERMS OF USE DOCUMENT?

Terms of Use plays a Pivotal role in governing the relationship between the owner of the website or service provider and the user for the time period till the service provider carry out his operations, therefore, utilizing term of use which are not properly drafted to cater the need and requirements can be titled as a perilous approach. There are many ways of creating Terms of Use; one may simply duplicate the sample available online or use a terms of use generator. One of the best option available is to hire a professional lawyer who is well-versed in such technical drafting. A good business lawyer can not only draft a strong document of terms of use which may protect the service provider but at the same time allow such Terms to be flexible in case of occurrence of any contingencies.[3]