If you want to maintain property as separate property in a community property state like California, it is a good idea as part of your estate plan to keep the assets in a separate property trust that is not commingled with any community property assets. This can be done for assets that you bring into the marriage, or inherit after the marriage. This will help to establish that it was your intent to maintain these assets as your separate property.
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