Mark J. McGowan, Esq.

Mark J. McGowan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University (1981) and of Stanford Law School (1984). As a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, a license and distinction of the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization, he is devoutly dedicated to providing each selected client with personal, caring counsel, attentive accessibility, diligent performance and quality service.

I actually was going to interview 3 individuals and as soon as I found Mark, I knew he was the one. I found him to be very interested in me personally in that he wanted to know about my whole background. Mark’s practice is unique in that I am able to go to him for not only legal matters but financial matters. It is all kind of under one roof and I don’t have to go to an extra party. Yolande Gross

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Prenuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Unless you and your spouse make a legally binding agreement otherwise, your state laws dictate the property rights in the event of divorce.


Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements serve essentially the same purpose. Prenuptial signifies an agreement created before a marriage or civil union; a postnup is created thereafter. Many couples today hire lawyers to prepare prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for a number of reasons:

  • To define particular assets acquired during the marriage as separate property or as part of the marital estate
  • To ensure that children from previous relationships inheret certain assets or property from a parent
  • To establish how property will be divided in the case of divorce
  • To protect against debt liability
  • To define financial responsibilities for each party during the marriage

While it is possible to draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement without a lawyer, it’s important not only to consider the many nuances of the law, but to consider the potential consequences. While it may be drafted under positive circumstances, these are a legally binding documents examined under scrutiny during circumstances that are often quite different. Additionally, courts may be reluctant to enforce a prenup or postnup if either party did not have adequate legal representation.

Attorney Mark J. McGowan will work with you to draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement customized to meet your needs, that will stand up in court and protect your assets the way you intended.


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Three years ago, my wife passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. As a result, I was left with several complicated issues that needed to be addressed legally. I was referred to Mark McGowan, who I met with shortly thereafter. I was immediately impressed.


Mark listened intently, asked tough questions and was always interested in my opinion. I never felt uncomfortable or rushed in any of our meetings. His advice was spot on.

In summary, Mark pointed me in the right direction, kept me focused, and gently guided me through the most difficult time of my life. Brian S.

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Located on west side of Fred Waring between Monterey and Hwy 111. Look for our signs on any side of the building and take the elevator to the second floor. We look forward to meeting you.

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