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Hello Bill,
My wife owns a house in Phoenix, Arizona, that she rents out. The house is in her name only. If she should die, and we don't have a will, would I get the house. I want to know if I should have her make a will just in case something should ever happen.
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Arizona is a Community Property state. All property acquired during marriage, except that is acquired by gift, devise or descent, is presumed to be Community Property.  If she acquired it before marriage that is a different story.

When a spouse dies, the surviving spouse takes one-half of all Community Property and the other half goes to the deceased's estate and passes to whoever is named in will or through intestate succession.

If she acquired as her separate property, it would go to the deceased's estate and passes to whoever is named in the will.

This is not intended to be legal advice.

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