Adapted from: Engelbrecht Attorneys | Written by: Esri Cronjé – Bruidsgids
Photo by: La Grange Impression
When it comes to weddings, the main things a couple thinks about is the venue, rings, dresses, and décor. Marriage contracts and its ‘nitty-gritty’ details are not amongst your initial thoughts, however, the importance of researching about marriage contracts and finding the right attorneys to address your needs is crucial. The registration process of a marriage contract can cause a lot of unnecessary stress; thus, with the courtesy of Engelbrecht Attorneys, here are a few guidelines outlining the process.
- The Consultation
Each marriage contract process must start with research, therefore, you as a couple should sit together and look for attorneys that you can relate with. After you find the perfect attorneys, locate their contact details on the website or their social media page. Thereafter, contact them and request information to book a consultation and quotation.
- The Drafting
After the consultation, which can be done online or in person, the drafting stage of the contract is entered. You as clients make the agreed-upon payment and provide all the information needed to the attorneys. A framework of your marriage contract is sent to you in order to sign it off or make any needed adjustments.
- The Notarising
When you as a couple are happy with the draft, as sent to you by the attorneys, send it back to them sealed and signed. Thereafter, the process of notarisation and registration commences. Notarising is the process by which the marriage contract is certified by a notary public who verifies the identities of the individuals who have signed the document and marks it with an official stamp. Notarising and registration must be completed before the date of marriage; therefore, planning is essential.
- The Registration
The signed and notarised contracts are then sent to the deeds office for registration. This part of the process is the lengthiest, 4 – 6 weeks, and must be done within the first three months of marriage. This is the last step that needs to be completed in order to create a marriage contract.
- The Aftercare
At Engelbrecht Attorneys, they aspire to showcase their appreciation to their clients. Thus, after the wedding, the couple sends them 10 perfect wedding pictures which are then shared on the Bruidsgids blog and linked to the clients’ personal Facebook page.
By planning ahead and choosing appropriate attorneys, the stress of legal documents will be a thought of the past.