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Hi. I need a lawyer to quickly look over a pre-nup for me. need a really quick turn around, and am fully infored as to what the document says and does. Can, of course, pay for service. Can you please advise?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

Thanks! Candace

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

I have the document. My attorney just told me he also represents my fiance, technically, so he can't do it.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No, not really. Oh, this is TEXAS!

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Lawyer: socrateaser, Lawyer replied 2 months ago
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Hello,

I believe that there is an important issue that is not being addressed by "your" attorney. When an attorney says that he "also represents your fiance'," and that he cannot review the pre-nup (legally termed, "premarital agreement"), that means, in my opinion, that the attorney has taken your fiance's side over yours. An attorney is legally forbidden from representing two parties who may have an actual conflict of interest -- and in my view, a pre-nup is one of those circumstances where no attorney can professionally/competently represent both parties to the contract.

The point here is that if you want to really know where you stand with this agreement, you need something more than a "quick look over," because the attorney's choice to refuse to provide you with advice, suggests (to me) that the pre-nup is drafted to favor your fiance.

Consequently, you need separate legal representation from an entirely different lawyer, who may or may not believe that the prenup requires radical modification.

That said, my impression of the prenup is that it's entirely reciprocal, except for the section concerning attorney representation, where, indeed, the attorney expressly states that he is acting as your fiance's lawyer, and that you are not represented by legal counsel. So, if you were under the impression that you are represented by this particular attorney, you may want to discuss that with your fiance and the attorney, because that representation appears to be false, and that's not a particularly good way to start off a marriage (in my humble opinion).

The failure to provide separate legal representation for each party could cause a future family court to refuse to enforce the pre-nup, on grounds that it was entered into by mistake, misrepresentation or under duress. That could work for or against you -- which is an issue that only you and your attorney can determine.

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