Widow’s Succession in Common-Law Property State to Husband’s Rights in Her Half of Community Property Is Taxable and Valued at One-Half of Entire Community–In re Kessler’s Estate
While residing with his wife in California, decedent purchased stock, which under California law became community property. The couple later moved to Ohio, a common-law property state, where decedent died. An Ohio probate court approved the executor’s determination that the widow’s one-half interest in the stock was not subject to the Ohio succession tax. On appeal by the state tax commissioner to the Ohio Supreme Court, held, reversed, three judges dissenting. A wife’s succession to her husband’s right to manage and control her half of the community property is subject to the Ohio succession tax on joint and survivorship property.