According to California Probate Code Section 6132 subsection (h)(1) tangible personal property for probate reasons is defined as:
Articles of personal or household use or ornament
-Which includes any household items used for decoration or any other purpose. Items specifically listed include furniture, furnishings, automobiles, boats, jewelry, precious
metals in any tangible form, such as bullion or coins and articles held for investment purposes.
-Such as evidences of indebtedness, bank accounts and other monetary deposits, documents of title
, or securities.
The code also has other sections explaining further what constitutes personal property in California for Probate reasons but basically you can follow a simple guideline.
If the item was owned by the individual in question and not held in shared ownership
by anyone else it would be considered personal property of that person.
Items not included in personal property include those owned by the individual in question and another individual in equal share, items leased or otherwise borrowed from another individual, or items that the person would otherwise not have had full legal claim to during life.
Section 6132 regarding tangible personal property in the probate code can be found here:
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