Oops, Britney Did It Again

Amanda Lynch Elliott

by Amanda Lynch Elliott

Amanda Lynch Elliott is a native of Pensacola and an associate attorney with My Pink Lawyer®. Amanda and her husband recently became new parents for the first time. Amanda enjoys running, yoga and paddle boarding, and has a twin sister.

My adolescence was filled with the sounds of “MMMbop” and “Oops I Did It Again,” with a little “Heartbreaker” thrown in for good measure.

 

(To all my fellow mid-80’s babies - Good luck getting those tunes out of your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.)

 

I had Hanson posters on my wall and was convinced that if I could just meet Taylor, we’d get married and live happily ever after.

 

I can still sing most of the songs on Mariah Carey’s “Butterfly” album because the lyrics to every song were printed inside the CD case for my viewing pleasure.

 

Go ahead and judge me.

 

If my brother is reading this, he’s cringing at the memories.

 

“Sweet, Sweet Fantasy” came on the radio recently as my twin sister, Becca, and I were driving back into town from a long run out in the country.

 

We performed an impressive (well… impressive to us, anyway!) impromptu duet without missing a beat despite a good decade since we last heard the song.

 

I am not ashamed.

 

Britney Spears and boyfriendAs she did in the early 2000’s, Britney Spears has recently resurfaced in the news media.

 

Rumor has it that her current relationship with actor/model boyfriend is progressing towards marriage.

 

You may recall her back-to-back, disastrous marriages first to her high school bestie and then her backup dancer, Kevin Federline, which afforded her many a tabloid headline.

 

Shortly after this rough patch, her dad was appointed as her conservator (also called a “guardian” in other states) and assumed legal responsibility for making all of Britney's financial, legal, medical and even some personal decisions – such as marriage.

 

If the rumors are true and her conservator were to approve her remarriage, one can only hope that she would move forward with a prenuptial agreement in place.

 

A prenuptial agreement (signed before marriage) or postnuptial agreement (signed after) is a private agreement between a couple which sets forth the division of their assets in the event of divorce or death.

 

What many folks don’t realize, is that prenups aren't only for the rich and famous.

 

A premarital agreements not only helps you divvy up property in case of divorce but can also absolve you of your spouse's debts, keep a family business intact, and ensure that family assets remain in the family.

 

Premarital agreements are of particular importance for blended families and can be used to carve out assets for children from a previous marriage.

 

No matter the amount of your assets, you could benefit tremendously from consulting with an attorney about spousal rights and how a prenuptial agreement could protect you.

 

Amanda “Former Taylor Hanson Groupie—Don’t Judge Me” Lynch Elliott

 

P.S. Although prenuptial agreements are outside the scope of our upcoming Women Empowered Estate Planning Workshops, you’ll still benefit greatly from getting your first basic estate plan in order at the workshop, including a simple Will, guardian nominations for your kids, financial and medical powers of attorney. Check out our workshop page for more details, upcoming dates and reservation instructions: www.MyPinkLawyer.com/workshop

 

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