Managing Commingled Property

Understanding Inheritances In Your Divorce

A divorce can involve many types of assets, such as real estate, pensions and 401(k)s. Inheritances and trusts are also common — particularly in complex divorces for divorcing baby-boomers, or those age 50 and older.

In the state of Texas, separate property owned or gifted to one party stays with that party in the event of a divorce if it can be proved with evidence; community property gets divided. However, the formulas aren't always so simple. This is when you begin to hear the word "reimbursement" when one speaks of money owed to one estate from another in Texas. This is a tedious, complex area of law that must be handled with care.

In many cases, money from inheritances or trust funds is often commingled with community property. For example, money inherited from the estate of a great-aunt may be used to pay for the mortgage of the family residence, community property.

Without the help of a seasoned lawyer knowledgeable in handling these matters, this can be difficult.

Top-Tier Legal Advocacy

Martha Bourne has extensive experience dealing with family law matters that often involve complex commingled separate and community property. Her knowledge in handling these matters is unmatched by many of her competitors. Ms. Bourne has:

  • Over 30 years of family law experience
  • Was an associate in the law office of Burta Rhoads Raborn, a founding member of the Association of Women Attorneys and prominent Houston family law attorney
  • Earned Board Certification as a Family Law Specialist
  • Been recognized by Super Lawyers for nine consecutive years
  • Maintains an AV Preeminent rating* by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Been chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, by Woodward/White, Inc.

Whether you need help contesting the sharing of your inheritance or need assistance proving such an inheritance has lost its immunity, reach out to Martha Bourne: 713-581-8260.

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