If someone has received an inheritance it can raise questions about what's going to happen to that money in a divorce.  If money that has been gifted to a spouse through inheritance is kept completely separate it remains that spouse’s separate property.  Again, there's no uniform answer and there could be some exceptions but if a gift of money or an inheritance is commingled with community property--community wages-- if they're commingled in the same bank account then it raises questions about how much of that is separate and how much of it is community.  So the rule of thumb is if you get gifted money, if you have inherited money, keep it separate.

Molly B. Kenny
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