3 May 2011 0 Comments

Is an inheritance community property?

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A reminder for those of you who have received an inheritance before you married or even after you married.  California divorce laws state that an inheritance is generally considered an individual’s separate property.  It continues to state that an inheritance “may remain separate property even if deposited in a joint bank account.  It must be clearly traceable to the inheritance”.

California divorce law states, “Property inherited by one spouse is not community property in California.  Inherited property is “separate property”.  So, even if your marriage is intact, your spouse has no legal right to your inheritance”.

If you have received an inheritance and you are on the verge of divorce, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney for answers to your questions regarding your inheritance.

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