Pre-nuptial agreements are not the first thing you will want to think about if you are planning a wedding. You should however be considering a pre-nuptial agreement if you have assets that you want to protect if your relationship were to break down. A pre-nuptial agreement records what will happen if the relationship ends.
Many people believe pre-nuptial agreements are just for the wealthy and famous, but you may want to consider protecting your assets if you have a business, have inherited a substantial amount of money or own a property before you get married.
If you did not have time to deal with a pre-nuptial agreement before your wedding it is possible to enter into a post-nuptial agreement. Our solicitors can advise you on your options should you wish to protect your assets when you get married.
To speak to a specialist family solicitor about pre- and post-nuptial agreements contact us today.
Vanessa trained and then qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with Hart Brown working in the Cobham office's family department for a decade. She then worked for us on a part time consultancy basis while devoting more time to her family. During this period she was instrumental in implementing Hart Brown’s family department’s case management system and later, the quality system that led to the firm’s ISO 9001 accreditation.
In 2005 Vanessa returned to client work and joined Mackrell Turner Garrett where she stayed for ten years, before re-joining Hart Brown in 2015. Vanessa knows Woking and the surrounding area well and enhances the work covered at our Woking office as part of the family team.
Vanessa has been a Resolution member since 1991, committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. She has served on the Surrey Resolution committee since 2008. She is a Resolution accredited collaboratively trained lawyer and welcomes the opportunity to help separating couples adopt this process as an alternative to the more traditional options available.
Over the years, Vanessa has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with all the legal aspects of relationships coming to an end. She prides herself on being approachable and understanding as she helps her clients go through the legal process.
Sharon has over 20 years experience in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of high value divorces. Sharon is a trained collaborative lawyer and she is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.
“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.
Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.
Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!
Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.