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How to Keep Family Property in the Family

If it is important that the family ranch or lake house stay in the family, it is critical in Texas to use the correct terms when transferring property and to keep all the records associated with the transaction to ensure that the “right” person receives and continues to own the property. Separate property is property that falls into one of these categories:
  • Owned before marriage;
  • Inherited;
  • Received as a gift or received as a personal injury recovery that was not reimbursement of community expenditures.
All other property obtained during the marriage is community property, i.e., owned jointly by each spouse. It is important to remember that community property does not have to be in both spouses’ names to be community property. The “Inception of Title Rule” adhered to in Texas means that property continues to be separate or community, depending on the way it was acquired, as long as no other legal proceeding changes the title and proof exists that it is separate property.
Here's how to protect family property in a divorce.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson provides expertise, focus and compassion in times of family turmoil, having skillfully litigated and tried complex divorce, property division, and child custody cases for more than 30 years.

She has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992. Subscribe to the firm's newsletter here.

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