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June 14, 2017

With the summer wedding season upon us, Rosie Schumm, partner at London law firm Forsters LLP, explains the importance of the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements before the big day to protect family wealth.

With the summer wedding season upon us, Rosie Schumm, partner at London law firm Forsters LLP, explains the importance of the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements before the big day to protect family wealth.

In recent years there have been four major developments in the evolution of nuptial agreements, known colloquially as ‘pre-nups’ (signed before the marriage) or ‘post-nups’ (signed after the marriage).

February 28, 2012

What’s there to do if you’re a wealthy man whose leading lady is likely to pop the question on Leap day, when, according to tradition, a woman can propose to an unmarried man?

What is there to do if you’re a wealthy man whose leading lady is likely to pop the question on Leap day, when, according to tradition, a woman can propose to an unmarried man?

The day, which “strikes fear into the hearts of many ultra-high net worth beaus”, will see some men hiding out in Klosters or Sandy Lane, Jonathan West, head of family and matrimonial at law firm Prolegal, told CampdenFB.

August 27, 2009

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements. In July, the headlines which greeted the Court of Appeal's landmark judgment in Radmacher v Granatino proclaimed that England was finally in step with the rest of the world: if you have a pre-nup, you can rely on it in the English Courts. The reality is more complicated. The ruling is the clearest indication yet that the English Courts will give significant weight to pre-nups, but wealthy individuals and families must still beware.

January 1, 2005

Following US fashion, older generations of British family businesses are ushering successors to sign pre-nuptial agreements as part of the ownership transfer – even if the contracts aren’t legally binding in the UK. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

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