Marriage of Brandes (2015) 239 CA4th 1461 is not technically a real estate case because the major asset fought over in that dissolution action was an investment advisory business that the husband had founded before marriage, but which had grown enormously during the marriage. Because investment advising is not a real estate activity, Brandes has been omitted from traditional coverage in this Reporter. (It was reported in CEB’s Estate Planning and California Probate Reporter; see 37 CEB Est Plan Rep 69 (Oct. 2015).) But since the opinion has so much to say to lawyers about community and separate property—real as well as personal—we wanted to devote a column to its implications.
38 Real Prop. Law Rptr. 145 (Cal CEB Nov. 2015)