Does a spouse share the inheritance given to his husband or wife?

An inheritance by an individual is not normally shared with a husband or wife automatically. Normally, an inheritance received by a son or daughter or by a beneficiary is a separate asset and is treated as such until he or she makes the decision to put it into a joint bank account with his spouse, to put it into a joint brokerage account to buy a new home and put it in joint name, to buy a new, better home and put it in joint name. Until the beneficiary makes the decision to co-mingle or to share the asset, it remains their separate asset. Once you co-mingle or share it, it has major impacts on marital rights and inheritance rules for that beneficiary.

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