The creation of a family means looking forward and taking steps to protect your relationship and your future. Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc. offers a variety of legal services to help new families start life together with confidence and peace of mind.
Many people think prenuptial or postnuptial agreements mean that a couple is planning for divorce. While having an agreement does make divorce easier if it should take place, a prenup can actually serve to strengthen a new marriage. Creating a prenuptial agreement means couples are using their heads, as well as their hearts, when entering into marriage, and that they have taken the time to clarify expectations about issues that are important to them so that they can begin their marriage on solid ground.
Rather than being a bone of contention, reaching a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be an opportunity for couples to improve communication and negotiation skills that will serve them well throughout marriage, particularly if the agreement is reached through collaborative process.
A prenuptial agreement can help protect family or business assets, help prevent costly litigation, keep property out of the hands of creditors, and ensure that the parties' assets are disposed of as they intend. However, unless properly executed, prenuptial agreements may be declared invalid by Alaska courts. At Mendel Colbert & Associates,Inc., we draft and review prenuptial and postnuptial agreements with care and sensitivity. We are committed to making sure that agreements are executed voluntarily, with full disclosure of relevant information, so that our clients have all the facts necessary to enter into a valid agreement that meets their needs.
Couples who choose not to marry may want to establish ground rules for their relationship by creating a relationship contract. Making sure you're on the same page as your partner, and that you understand each other's intentions, needs and expectations, can promote the success of your relationship. Relationship contracts can also serve as an outward symbol of your commitment to each other in the absence of a traditional marriage.
At Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc., we help parties identify the issues they want to address in a relationship contract and negotiate terms that work for them. As with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, relationship contracts can be negotiated using collaborative process.
Basic estate planning is a must when you are starting or growing your family. At Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc., we help clients achieve peace of mind by drafting wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives to protect their future and that of their family.
A will is the only way to name a guardian for your child in the event of your death, and a convenient way to dictate how your assets will be distributed. Powers of attorney give someone you choose the authority to manage your financial concerns and make decisions on your behalf in the event you should become incapacitated. Similarly, health care directives speak for you, making your preferences for medical treatment known in the event you are incapacitated and cannot communicate them yourself.
By creating these documents, you lift a burden from the shoulders of your spouse or partner. Having an up-to-date estate plan in place puts you in a better position to enjoy your new life together, hopefully for many years.
Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc. serves clients throughout Alaska, from Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley to remote villages. If you are interested in prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, a relationship contract, or essential estate planning, contact Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc. online or at (907) 279-5001 to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can serve your family.