community property


: property held jointly by a married couple

Examples of community property in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With two or more children, the spouse gets all of the community property and one-third of the separate property, with the children sharing the rest. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2023 Can personal property, such as stocks and bonds, also be held as community property with right of survivorship? Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2023 Colonists paid fees and membership dues and in return would get 5 acres, a house and the use of community property, such as horses and agricultural machinery. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 Answer: The benefits of spouses holding title to a home as community property with right of survivorship are probably only available for a home or other real property. Christopher A. Combs, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2023 When a guardian of the estate is ordered for a ward who is married, then the spouse is supposed to turn over half of the community property to the guardian, including bank accounts and investment accounts. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 13 Aug. 2023 In community property states, however, both halves of the couple’s community property get the step up with the first death, said Los Angeles estate planning attorney Burton Mitchell. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2023 For example, most casebooks now in talking about community property and income splitting, talk about gender. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The organization was charged with creating a first-class museum, and only a week after his death in 1964, his widow left her portion of their community property to the Foundation as well. Steven Lindsey, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of community property was in 1848

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“Community property.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

community property

see property

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