Uniform Laws Update: Disposition of Community Property Rights in Common Law Probate Proceedings

Uniform Laws Update provides information on uniform and model state laws in development as they apply to property, trust, and estate matters. The editors of Probate & Property welcome information and suggestions from readers.

Nine of the United States are community property jurisdictions where married couples domiciled in the state are deemed to each own one-half of all property acquired during the marriage, regardless of which spouse holds legal title (see map). A tenth state (Alaska) allows spouses to opt in to a statutory community property regime by executing an agreement to that effect.

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