Category Archives: Premarital Agreements

The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

Many people still think of a prenuptial agreement as something that wealthy families use as a form of “marriage insurance” to protect their riches. In fact, a growing number of people, from a broad range of income levels, are seeking out prenuptial agreements to help answer questions about their assets before they get married. In […]

Purchasing a Home in Contemplation of Marriage

Today, people are marrying later and later in life.  In 1950, the average age of a groom was 23 years old while the average age of the blushing bride was 20.  Today, on average, a man marries for the first time at the age of 28 and a woman marries for the first time at […]

Making the Case for Facebook’s Zuckerberg to “Like” a Prenuptial Agreement

Just one day after the opening bell rang for the Nasdaq stock exchange, thereby announcing the hotly anticipated Facebook IPO, wedding bells were ringing for Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his bride, Dr. Priscilla Chan.  While some may wonder what to get a multi-billionaire and his bride as a wedding gift, others were […]

Kobe Bryant Fails to See Benefit of Premarital Agreements in Athletics

Article originally appeared in the September 31, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield Kobe Bryant was born and raised to be a NBA superstar.  As the son of Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, Kobe grew up within the professional environment as his father bounced around the […]

Will They or Won’t They?

As the countdown to the “Wedding of the Century” enters its final days, there has been much talk and speculation about all the details, the glamour, the pageantry and more.  Yes, I’m talking about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.  For weeks, the newspapers, TV shows and the internet have […]

Invalidating a Prenuptial Agreement in Illinois

When a party desires to have a prenuptial agreement held invalid under Illinois law, the first factor that must be considered is the date of execution.  Different standards will apply depending on when the parties entered into the agreement.  The principles of the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (“IUPAA”) govern any agreement executed on or […]

Tips For Tying the Knot: Best Wedding Gift May Be a Candid Discussion

As a couple anticipates marriage, they spend considerable time planning for the wedding day and dreaming of their future. But many fail to realize that they also need a candid discussion of how to merge their economic as well as their emotional lives. Among the best gifts the bride and groom can receive is a […]