We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
At the time I launched Prenups.com, I’d already been practicing family law for more than a decade – I’d done hundreds of divorces. And in these hundreds of cases, clients would tell me what broke down their marriages. Over the years, I noticed patterns – while every case is completely different, couples were arguing over the same few issues. And not only were a lot of these arguments predictable, many of them were avoidable – especially the arguments over money. These money fights would almost fall into one of three categories: transparency, communication, and fairness. With transparency, I found couples who had been married 10 years, 20 years, or more, who still had no idea how much money the other spouse had in his or her accounts, no idea what debts were out there, whether their spouse had a retirement account or not – it’s mind-blowing how little transparency there was in failed marriages. With communication, if one spouse is making large expenditures without the other spouse’s knowledge, it erodes trust in the relationship; likewise, good communication reduced fights over expenditures. And with fairness, if couples have their finances structured such that one spouse has way more access to the money than the other spouse, it’s going to cause problems: a household where one spouse lives in a different socio-economic class than the other is guaranteed to have issues.
So when I got married in 2016, I set out to design my own prenup – one based on transparency, good communication, and fairness – that would help me and my spouse avoid some of these predictable arguments that I saw my clients have over the years. After I saw the benefits of setting common sense grounds rules about finances in my own marriage, I realized that this idea was just too beneficial to keep it to myself. Look – it’s a smart idea to get a prenuptial agreement as insurance against the worst case scenario of your marriage not working out. But it’s an even better idea to enter into an agreement with your spouse about how you’ll handle your finances during the marriage itself, so that hopefully you won’t have these avoidable disagreements that break apart way too many marriages. That was my goal in creating Prenups.com: not just to have a plan in place if the worst happens, but to help spouses proactively plan for a successful financial relationship with each other.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Prenups.com is still a young business, and is a part of my larger family law practice, Aaron Thomas Law. What I’m most proud of is the culture that we’ve built, a culture that remains strong despite the fact that our team rarely ever sees each other in person these days! It’s easy to say that a business hires for personality first, but we’ve really lived up to that ideal. Family law is – in my opinion – the most personal and emotional type of law you can practice, so being around people with real emotional intelligence and people skills is a must. And our reviews back that up – while people certainly appreciate our courtroom skills and legal strategy, what our clients rave about is the care and empathy we give them throughout our representation of them. Getting here wasn’t easy, but we have tried to improve the experience our clients have just a little bit each day, and that’s greatly contributed to the reputation of the firm today.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For me, any trip would be centered around food! Whenever I look at a new travel spot, I’m figuring out what I want to eat first and foremost. I don’t aim for the fanciest food – I look for the best version of down to earth meals. The double stack burger at Fred’s Meat and Bread would be high on the list. Anna’s BBQ in Kirkwood, where you simply need to plan on getting a peach cobbler and a banana pudding to-go after you fill up on delicious pulled pork and ribs. Super Pan’s pan de jamon y queso is about as close to sandwich perfection as you can get. And Superica’s enchiladas are also worth a visit. In terms of location, you could spend a week traipsing along the Beltline from Krog Street Market, through Old 4th Ward Park, by Ponce City Market, and up to Piedmont Park – so many great iconic places in Atlanta in just a couple short miles – a great opportunity to give folks a taste of what Atlanta has to offer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Any success I’ve had in life can be traced back to my parents, who raised me to believe that anything I wanted to do was completely possible. They also gave me a love of reading – sometimes by restricting access to the television 🙂 – that is the best tool I’ve found to open the mind to new possibilities and ideas. I’ve also got to shout out my wife, Christina, whose support has been instrumental in me building my law practice, and is part of the reason why Prenups.com was born.