Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators closes down as of November 1st

The partners of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators at Amsterdam and The Hague have by mutual agreement decided to end their collaboration.

Emma Kostense will continue her current practice at the law firm SmeetsGijbels in (1071 KP) Amsterdam at the Jacob Obrechtstraat 70 (see www.smeetsgijbels.com).

Willem de Vries will continue his current practice at the law firm ScheerSanders Advocaten in (2585 ED) The Hague at the Nassauplein 36 (see www.scheersanders.nl).

Margreet Ruijgrok, Monique Beijersbergen, Coen van den End, Sabrina De Jong en Zoë Vis will launch a new law firm named Silk Advocaten en Mediators. Silk Advocaten en Mediators will be located at the current address in (1075 HJ) Amsterdam at De Lairessestraat 129 and in (2596 AL) The Hague at the Zuid Hollandlaan 7 (Spaces) (see www.silkadvocaten.nl).

Edith van Ruitenbeek will discontinue her law practice and will focus on other professional activities.

Raya Oranje-Jorna will launch a law firm in (2514 AB) The Hague at the Koninginnegracht 19, named Raya Jorna Advocaat en Mediator (see www.rayajorna.nl).

Prenuptial Agreements & Community of Goods

When entering into a relationship or marriage, most people insufficiently realise the financial consequences this entails. Partners often move in together without a cohabitation agreement, get married in community of goods without realising what this means, or get married with a prenuptial agreement, without being aware of its terms and conditions. Also, partners are often unaware of the consequences their actions during a relationship may have for their property and assets. These only become apparent when the relationship ends by separation, divorce or death. During a separation or divorce, the partners, or one of them, lays the foundation for a new future. To create such a foundation that is stable from both a financial and an emotional perspective, proper legal support is a necessity. In order to do this, first of all, all documents need to be gathered. Below is an overview of the necessary documents.

Make an informed choice from the beginning

Often, we not only advise and support in case of separation or divorce, but we can also help partners make an informed choice regarding (marital) community of goods at the start of the relationship. This is also known as premarital mediation. Using mediation techniques, we are well-placed to give advice on cohabitation contracts or prenuptial agreements. Should changes occur during the relationship, we will advise partners as to whether the choice of (marital) community of goods is still the optimal one.