§ 26.16.010 Separate property of spouse
§ 26.16.020 Separate property of domestic partner
§ 26.16.030 Community property defined — Management and control
§ 26.16.040 Community realty subject to liens, execution
§ 26.16.050 Conveyances between spouses or domestic partners
§ 26.16.060 Power of attorney between spouses or domestic partners
§ 26.16.070 Powers of attorney as to separate estate
§ 26.16.080 Execution of conveyance under power
§ 26.16.090 Powers of attorney as to community estate
§ 26.16.095 Purchaser of community real property protected by record title
§ 26.16.100 Claim of spouse or domestic partner in community realty to be filed
§ 26.16.110 Cloud on title — Removal
§ 26.16.120 Agreements as to status
§ 26.16.125 Custody of children
§ 26.16.140 Earnings and accumulations of spouses or domestic partners living apart, minor children
§ 26.16.150 Rights of married persons or domestic partners in general
§ 26.16.160 Civil disabilities of wife abolished
§ 26.16.180 Spouses or domestic partners may sue each other
§ 26.16.190 Liability for acts of other spouse or other domestic partner
§ 26.16.200 Debts incurred before marriage or domestic partnership — Separate debts — Child support obligation — Liability
§ 26.16.205 Liability for family support — Support obligation of stepparent
§ 26.16.210 Burden of proof in transactions between spouses or domestic partners
§ 26.16.220 Quasi-community property defined
§ 26.16.230 Quasi-community property — Disposition at death
§ 26.16.240 Quasi-community property — Effect of lifetime transfers — Claims by surviving spouse or surviving domestic partner — Waiver
§ 26.16.250 Quasi-community property — Characterization limited to determination of disposition at death — Waiver by written agreement

Terms Used In Washington Code > Chapter 26.16 - Rights and liabilities -- Community property

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
  • Bequeath: To gift property by will.
  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may be construed to include the United States, this state, or any state or territory, or any public or private corporation or limited liability company, as well as an individual. See Washington Code 1.16.080
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Right of survivorship: The ownership rights that result in the acquisition of title to property by reason of having survived other co-owners.