Inheritance

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Who Gets The Inheritance?

In Missouri and Illinois, your inheritance is characterized as separate property and not subject to equitable distribution in the event of divorce. If, however, you commingled your inherited assets with your marital property, the total amount may be subject to equitable distribution as marital property. In other words, keeping your inheritance separate from marital property throughout the duration of your marriage is the only way to ensure it will remain part of your property settlement.

If you are an individual with high net worth who is considering divorce, your lawyer's experience will play a critical role in protecting your separate property rights and financial interests. Stange Law Firm, PC, can help you in these matters.

If you are considering divorce, one of your most important concerns should be on choosing a lawyer who will represent your interests. As you are probably already discovering, ending a marriage isn't simple or straightforward. Getting through the process with your financial interests and parenting rights protected takes hard work.

What If Your Spouse's Inheritance Became Part Of Your Marital Property?

Family law judges in Missouri and Illinois are careful to keep inheritance money separate from marital assets. If you are a non-titled spouse, however, you may be able to show that you and your spouse commingled separate assets with marital assets, resulting in appreciated value of the inherited amount. Transmutation of assets gives you the right to seek distribution of the amount characterized as marital property, as well as the current and future appreciation value.

Protect Your Inheritance. Contact Our Attorneys Today.

To speak to an experienced property division attorney, contact us online or by phone to schedule a complimentary and confidential half-hour consultation. We have convenient locations throughout the area, including:

  • Saint Louis County: 120 S. Central Ave., Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105: 314-963-4700 Learn more
  • West County: 1604 Manchester Rd., Suite 103, Ellisville, MO 63011: 636-200-6400 Learn more
  • Jackson County: 256 NE Tudor Rd., Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086: 816-875-4505 Learn more
  • Jefferson County: 16 Municipal Drive, Suite C, Arnold, MO 63010: 636-296-3060 Learn more
  • St. Charles County: 2268 Bluestone Drive, St. Charles, MO 63303: 636-940-5900 Learn more
  • Franklin County: 5 S. Oak St. Union, MO 63084: 636-388-0700 Learn more
  • Lincoln County: 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379: 636-487-0088 Learn more
  • Boone County: 1506 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite H, Columbia, MO 65203: 573-303-0595 Learn more
  • St. Clair County: 115 Lincoln Place Ct., Suite 101, Belleville, IL 62221: 618-310-3711 Learn more
  • Madison County: 5 Club Centre Ct. Edwardsville, Illinois 62025: 618-307-7100 Learn more
  • Sangamon County: 400 S. 9th St., Suite 100, Springfield, IL 62701: 217-717-8605 Learn more
  • Monroe County: 116 W. Mill St., Waterloo, IL 62298 (by appt. only): 618-208-0587 Learn more
  • St. Louis City: 100 S. 4th St., #549, St. Louis, MO 63102 (by appt. only): 314-499-8340 Learn more
  • Jackson County: 2300 Main St., #948, Kansas City, MO 64108 (by appt. only): 816-299-4530 Learn more