SWEDEN Marriage agreements apply in Sweden. 7. Obtain funds to cover all expected legal costs. It is important to know that you may be responsible for the legal fees of lawyers who ask you for help in foreign courts. See the International Bar Association`s International Code of Ethics, Rule 19, which provides in part that “lawyers charged with advising a foreign colleague on a case or cooperating in the handling of the case are responsible for paying the fees of the International Bar, unless they expressly agree otherwise.” Find out what fees each lawyer charges and how the lawyer expects to be paid. In some countries, royalties are set by local law. You should set up a viable counting plan. Foreign lawyers may not be used to including a description of the work done in the billing. Some foreign lawyers can expect to be paid in advance. Others may request payment regularly and refuse to continue until payment is made. Ask for an estimate of total hours and the cost of work.
Be aware of who is involved in the work and the fees charged by each participant. In Germany, there is a great freedom to enter into marriage contracts before and after marriage. Such agreements must be concluded in a public notary office with both parties present, but the parties must not be represented by lawyers before or during the signing of the agreement and there is no need to fully disclose the parties` assets. We work closely with foreign lawyers if necessary and use our network of international contacts to your advantage. A prenup could be invaluable if your marriage breaks while you are living abroad, especially if you or your spouse are self-employed. Even if you already have a prenup in the UK or any other jurisdiction, it is worth entering into a separate agreement that would apply in your new home. PHILLPINESThe law of the Philippines allows spouses to carry out a marriage property pact (Surat Pernyataan Harta) and submit it to the civil registry, which must be signed before a local notary. Otherwise, Indonesian matrimonial law takes over joint ownership of the property. International marriage agreements are traps for the unwary or ignorant.
They are extremely important to clients, but must be treated with great care by family law counsel. Although there are many advantages associated with conventional marriage contracts, the benefits are generally multiplied when the parties come from different countries or have assets abroad or live abroad.