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Separate Property Trusts

California is a Community Property State – and if a married person  receives inheritance, he or she would be wise to stop and think WHERE such inheritance would be “deposited”: in a Joint Account (or if home – titled under both spouses’ names) – and as such, commingled into Community Property (this is known as the “crime of transmutation”)?

Or – in a Separate Property Trust, where it becomes earmarked as the sole and separate property of the recipient, and is fully shielded from division in divorce, while also protected from Probate at death.

Likewise, couples who plan to marry and plan to execute a Prenuptial Agreement would be wise to set up such Trusts to be the RECEPTICLE of the very sole and separate property that the Prenuptial Agreement contemplates.

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