Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law

FAQ ‘s: I have compiled a list of questions that people often ask me. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question. If you don’t know something, ask! I update this list frequently, so if you have a question, please submit it here. I guarantee someone out there has the same question. Remember, any information on my website or blog in NO WAY should be construed as legal advice.

    In addition, you may find information on my frequently updated BLOG helpful.

    Prenuptial Agreements - Top 5 Questions

    Because California already has one for you.  Whether or not you and your fiance/fiancee think community property law is fair, it APPLIES the moment you get married.  Read more here: What to Expect when Hiring Us to Prepare Your Prenuptial Agreement

    Three P’s.  Protection of property.  Preservation of separate assets.Providing or waiving spousal support.

    I recommend familiarizing yourself with Family Code 1615.  There is a mention of 7 days in there.  What does this mean?  Several interpretations, but basically, you need to make sure your fiancee is reprsented by independent counsel and has sufficient time to understand the law.  Personally, I think alloting 3 months before your wedding date is the bare minimum.  Most people spend over a year planning a wedding – why spend any less on a legal document?

    That’s a tough one.  I recommend reading my blog post, “How To Get a Prenup Without Hurt Feelings”

    Please note that BOTH sides must have an attorney, so I am only quoting what my firm charges.  If you are hiring us to prepare your prenuptial agreement, we charge a flat rate of $4,500.  The flat fee pays for the completed first draft of the prenup and up to 2 hours of advice and counseling before and after the prenup.  Additional revisions and edits submitted by your fiance’s attorney, telephone calls and emails are then billed at $500/hour.   Typically, a finished prenup with very little revision costs approximately $5,000.  If your prenup is complicated and requires over 5 hours of negotiations and revisions, you will pay over $8,000+.  Please note this fee does not include execution of the prenup.  If you wish to have a signing session, you will pay an additional $500 plus travel time ($500/hour), costs and expenses.

    If you have been presented with a prenuptial agreement drafted by an attorney representing your fiancé/fiancee, we charge a flat fee of $3,500 to advice and consult with you on the PMA, up to 2 hours.  Edits and revisions are billed at $500 per hour.

    If the wedding date is LESS than 45 days away from the day you hire us, there is an additional rush fee of $1,000.  The rush fee pays for delivery of the first draft of the PMA within 5 business days.  It does not guarantee completion of the PMA, as that depends on circumstances dictated by you and your fiancé, as well as your fiance’s attorney.  To check if the rush fee applies, visit https://www.lacourt.org/courtdatecalculator/ui/ , click on the date of your wedding, and type in -45.

    If your wedding is LESS than 25 days away, we regret we cannot represent you.  To check if we can represent you,  visit https://www.lacourt.org/courtdatecalculator/ui/ , click on the date of your wedding, and type in -25.