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by Abigail Van Buren

Proud Daughter Pays Homage to Dad Who Raised Her Well

DEAR ABBY: My fiance wants a prenuptial agreement. I am willing to sign one, even though it's not my idea. This is to protect his finances.

According to our research, we are both supposed to hire our own attorneys. My question: Is it my responsibility to pay for my attorney even though we are doing the prenup only to protect my fiance's assets and inheritance? -- JUST WONDERING IN WISCONSIN

DEAR JUST WONDERING: A prenuptial agreement is supposed to protect the interests of both parties. At the same time that it protects your fiance's assets, it should lay out what provisions will be made for you in the event that the marriage doesn't work out. Because your attorney will be representing only you, you should be the person compensating him (or her) for services rendered. And honey, this is not the time to cheap out.