Execute and Register your Ante-nuptial or Prenuptial Contract
Marriage is a big step for any two people to take. It is the start of a life together. Getting married is further a legal act where the law affords a married couple with certain rights and responsibilities. For example, the couple has a legal obligation to maintain each other. They may further not marry anyone else whilst so married. And of course, where this article comes into play, married spouses, unless they entered into an ante-nuptial, or prenuptial contract, have a joint estate. In short, there is no longer two separate estates, but one estate, belonging to both of them, in undivided shares.
Antenuptial or Prenuptial Contract
An Antenuptial or Prenuptial Contract is a legal contract, entered into between you and your intended spouse, outlining the matrimonial property regime, and any property or assets to be included or excluded therein. It is drafted and then executed before a Notary Public. The contract would then be registered at the Deeds Office. Remember, it must be executed before you get married either by you and your spouse or a person having a special power of attorney. If it is not done before you get married, you would be married in community of property. The only way to change that would be to approach the High Court for consent to change it. That can be very expensive.
Out of Community of Property
Now let’s say, you and your intended spouse do not want to have one estate, but continue having your own estates while you are so married. This would be useful if you are a business person. Should things go bad for one spouse, then only that estate would be affected. For example, in the case of insolvency, the creditor would only be able to sequestrate your personal estate and not that of the other.
And if things go well, and you get hold of some wealth, the wealth would only belong to you and not your spouse. Should you divorce your spouse, then you walk away with only that what you own. For the latter scenario to apply, you should get married Out of Community of Property with the exclusion of the accrual regime. And for that, you need to enter into an antenuptial, or prenuptial contract with your spouse before you get married.
Now let’s say you want to have two separate estates during your marriage. Should your spouse die, or you get divorced, you want to benefit from your spouse’s estate. In other words, you want to get half the difference between the two estates. If you want this to apply at divorce or death, then you need to enter into an antenuptial contract before you get married.
Antenuptial or Prenuptial Contract Registration
Experience taught us the many people leave this important aspect of their marriage until the very last. This is not a good idea as you do not want to rush into this. We offer professional and confidential advice to clients on the legal aspects in relation to ante-nuptial contracts. We would further draft your prenuptial contract and arrange with a Notary Public to execute and register it. You and your intended spouse any either meet with the Notary Public yourselves or provide a special power of attorney.
What does our prenuptial service include?
Our antenuptial contract service may include the following, depending on your requirements:
- Basic and simplified advice on the three matrimonial property regimes;
- The basic law on antenuptial contracts;
- Drafting your antenuptial contract which you and your spouse are happy with;
- Execution of your prenuptial contract with a Notary Public; and
- The Registration of your ante-nuptial contract.
We want to make sure that you know what you are getting yourself in, as the agreement would regulate the proprietary aspect, for the entire duration of your marriage. This is the most important and referred to the document, during your marriage. Knowing the law always brings peace of mind. And with us, family matters.
Kindly proceed with making payment to start the process. Once you have made the payment, sit back and wait for us to contact you once we received notification of payment. You may also proceed with completing the Online Antenuptial Contract Registration Form.
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