Last week’s Facebook IPO made several early investors billionaires or millionaires – kudos to them on having a nice payday from their investment. Donald Trump offered some indirect advice – get a premarital agreement – to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder, official face, and the world’s youngest billionaire. As it turns out, Zuckerberg married his long time girlfriend the day after the IPO in a private ceremony – congratulations to the happy couple!
So do estate planners recommend premarital agreements for their clients? It depends on the lawyer. I recommend couples consider premarital agreements when it’s a 2nd marriage for both spouses, to help resolve potential inheritance issues with their children from previous marriages. But I don’t usually advise couples to get premarital agreements in cases of wealth inequality or some other circumstances. What do you think? To prenup or not?
(c) 2012, Stephen M. Johnson, Esq.