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Halachic Prenups Gain Traction

April 25, 2016 in Uncategorized by nydfl

divorce-decree-24549533For enfianced couples, the very words “prenuptial agreement” (or premarital agreement) can incite a level of concern. Men and women engrossed in deep love and powerful, passionate emotions for one another tend to avoid consideration of a legal document which basically defined, establishes the property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of a divorce. In each individual social, cultural, and religious circles, a premarital agreement can be referred to or written in its own manner, yet once signed by both parties, becomes legally binding.

In the Orthodox community for example, the “halachic prenup” isn’t as much about assets as it is about ensuring that the couple, under Jewish law, can obtain a religious divorce. This document, which dates decades back, helps to avoid challenging or abusive situations as well as reduce incidences of “agunot,” a Hebrew term for women who remain married against their will. Orthodox Jewish couples are required to both civilly and religiously divorce, however only men maintain the power to grant religious divorce called a “get.”  When husbands refuse a get, wives are often not allowed to participate in religious ceremonies or worse, can be ostracized from the larger Orthodox community which can be not only very difficult for women but their children.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, writer Melanie Grayce West reports on how both the halachic prenup and postnuptial agreements are gaining more traction in the youthful Orthodox community.

If you or your intended would like to meet to discuss the merits of a premarital agreement or halachic prenup, contact the Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C. as we can most certainly assist.

*The information contained in this blog is presented as general information and is not to be construed as legal advice to apply to any person or particular situation. Please keep in mind that the law is constantly changing and therefore you should always consult an attorney for legal advice based on the individual circumstances of your situation.



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Russell I. Marnell Soars as a 2016 Top Legal Eagle

April 4, 2016 in Uncategorized by nydfl

LIPulseLegalEagles The Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C. is delighted to announce that its founder, Russell I. Marnell, has been named to Long Island Pulse magazine’s 2016 list of Top Legal Eagles. Each attorney represented on the list has set standards for the legal industry and specifically, their individual areas of practice. Mr. Marnell, no stranger to accolades, is consistently ranked by Super Lawyers®, AVVO, and maintains an AV Preeminent® 5.0 rating, the highest level of professional excellence, from Martindale-Hubbell® given a deep commitment to exceptional representation of his clients.  RM

 Long Island Pulse created its “Top Legal Eagles” list to feature the region’s top attorneys so that those seeking counsel, can easily reference the guide to locate the proper attorney to meet their needs. The list includes attorneys who strive for excellence in all endeavors and those that give back to their communities. Additionally, each remains active in the development of the law outside the courtroom by participating in, and in some cases leading, organizations that uphold the strictest ethics and legal principles. 

“For more than 30 years, we have consistently polished our legal expertise,” said Russell I. Marnell, founder of the Law Offices of Russell I. Marnell, P.C. “Being named to Long Island Pulse magazine’s 2016 list of Top Legal Eagles is a testament to our efforts to showcase exceptional legal acumen as well as our commitment to jurisprudence, whether holding positions in various legal associations or educating others about the law. We are delighted to be recognized for our dedication to not only our clients and community, but the industry we serve.”

Long Island Pulse magazine