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To Hold but Not Have – an Introduction to Drafting Prenuptial Agreements

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Produced on February 25, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 15m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Family & Matrimonial Bridge the Gap

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to prenuptial agreements for practitioners. You will learn from two New York City family law attorneys, Karen M. Platt, Esq. and Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq., who prepare prenuptial agreements for their clients using different approaches.

We will explore what happens if there is no prenuptial agreement in place, how to use prenups creatively while avoiding pitfalls, when prenups are appropriate or recommended, and different processes used for creating them.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore why prenuptial agreements are useful
  2. Examine limitations on prenuptial agreements
  3. Review content included regarding dissolution of a marriage by divorce or death
  4. Identify circumstances in which they are recommended
  5. Discuss strategies to ensure prenuptial agreements are enforceable
  6. Explore different processes used for creating prenuptial agreements

This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.

Credit Information

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Joy Rosenthal

Rosenthal Law & Mediation

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. founded Rosenthal Law & Mediation in 2006 to help NYC families coping with transitions through divorce and elder mediation; and legal services including prenuptial agreements, collaborative divorce, adoption, and representation in custody and visitation disputes. She also serves as a Trustee, Guardian ad Litem and 17A Guardian in the New York City Surrogates’ Courts.

Before opening her own practice, Joy spent 10 years representing children, youth and parents in New York City’s Family Courts involved in custody, visitation, foster care and adoption cases, as well as in delinquency and PINS cases through her work with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice and as a fellow at NYU School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic.

Joy has extensive mediation, negotiation, trial and appellate experience. She has trained colleagues in cultural competence, bias awareness, domestic violence, elder mediation, and alternative dispute resolutions. She has given workshops and presentations for families, mediators, and attorneys.

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving a BA in Women’s Studies. She obtained her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She is the former president of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, and served on its board from 2007-2014.

Karen Platt

Pryor Cashman, LLP

Karen has been actively involved in the litigation and negotiation of all types of family law cases, from divorces to custody matters and post-judgment litigation for 17 years; she is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer and is involved in the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. 

Prior to and during law school, Karen was a registered representative for a major financial company where she gained invaluable knowledge about the financial industry. 

Karen received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School, where she was an evening student and a Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Human Rights. She received her B.S. in Psychology, With Distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University, and with Honors as a member of the University Scholar’s Program (now the Schreyer Honors College). 

Karen is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where she sits on the Matrimonial Law Committee and previously sat on the committee for Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where she sits on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section and is co-chair of the Amicus Committee, the ABA Section of Family Law, where she is vice-chair of the Marital Property Committee and a member of the CLE committee, and the Women’s Bar Association.

Karen, her husband and their two sons are longtime residents of Hoboken, New Jersey. 


Debora J.

Learned alot. Very helpful

Jeffery M.

The presenters were NY lawyers and focused on NY law. I am a NY lawyer and a TX lawyer so it was beneficial to me, but I'd only recommend it to NY lawyers.

Mary E G.

Excellent presentation.

Deborah F.

Excellent! You covered everything and then some!

Mary Lou S.

Good information. My favorite area of the law.

Paul D.

Very informative.

Yamina M.

Very informative and well organized

Ruth B.

well done

Lauren D.



best one that I have heard to date

Lori V.

these two women were brilliant... they know how to put on interesting presentations. more of them!!

Ashley Renee E.

Great course

James L.

good content

James C.

The speakers were very easy to listen to, ad enjoyable. The course was a good introduction to prenuptial agreements.

Andrew A.

Very useful

Ann K.

Interesting presentation with a lot of practical advice.

Cari R.

Great program! It was very useful to me

Kathy D.

The link to the NYC calculator was appreciated, it will vary by states of course but it is a great tool.

Gretchen K.

Very good presenters. Well-organized and easy to understand.

Carrie Anne C.

great presenters

Michelle K.

very informative!!!

Tomas E.

Great. Both panelist knew their subject matter and worked harmoniously.

Louise B.

In-depth coverage of a topic that's not usually covered.

Marvin R S.

Great Presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy P.

very informative. the ladies know their stuff

James S.

Excellent. One of the best.

Mitchell W.

This was one of the best co-presented lessons I've attended.

Martha P.

Enjoyed your presentation. Very informative!

Iris G.


Julie A. B.

Unfailingly helpful introduction to the topic.

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