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The rights of inheritance for a person who is married at death depends upon the nature of the assets owned. Assets can be community or quasi-community property (acquired during marriage either in or out of California) or separate property (owned before marriage or acquired during marriage by gift or inheritance).
All community property and quasi-community property passes entirely to the surviving spouse.
Any separate property of the decedent is distributed to the surviving spouse or domestic partner and other relatives, depending on the relatives who survive, as follows:
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