However, the deceased spouse’s estate retains no right to this inherited quasi-community property, which becomes the sole and exclusive property of the surviving spouse. 

Distributing quasi-community property through a conventional estate plan presents unexpected challenges. While California law permits married couples to independently address quasi-community property concerns before death, understanding what can and cannot be considered quasi-community property can be difficult.


Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.