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Other Personal Property

Learn about characterization rules applicable to other types of personal property, including stocks, copyrights, personal-injury recoveries, and more.


In addition to work-related compensation and business interests, which are discussed in other videos, there are several other types of personal property commonly held by spouses that are subject to specific characterization rules.

I. Stocks

Spouses might invest in stocks or other securities. Standard tracing rules apply, meaning the characterization of such investments depends on the funds used for their acquisition. If a spouse acquires stocks before marriage or during marriage using separate...