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California Probate Code Section 6402.5

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6402.5.  (a) For purposes of distributing real property under this
section if the decedent had a predeceased spouse who died not more
than 15 years before the decedent and there is no surviving spouse or
issue of the decedent, the portion of the decedent's estate
attributable to the decedent's predeceased spouse passes as follows:
   (1) If the decedent is survived by issue of the predeceased
spouse, to the surviving issue of the predeceased spouse; if they are
all of the same degree of kinship to the predeceased spouse they
take equally, but if of unequal degree those of more remote degree
take in the manner provided in Section 240.
   (2) If there is no surviving issue of the predeceased spouse but
the decedent is survived by a parent or parents of the predeceased
spouse, to the predeceased spouse's surviving parent or parents
equally.
   (3) If there is no surviving issue or parent of the predeceased
spouse but the decedent is survived by issue of a parent of the
predeceased spouse, to the surviving issue of the parents of the
predeceased spouse or either of them, the issue taking equally if
they are all of the same degree of kinship to the predeceased spouse,
but if of unequal degree those of more remote degree take in the
manner provided in Section 240.
   (4) If the decedent is not survived by issue, parent, or issue of
a parent of the predeceased spouse, to the next of kin of the
decedent in the manner provided in Section 6402.
   (5) If the portion of the decedent's estate attributable to the
decedent's predeceased spouse would otherwise escheat to the state
because there is no kin of the decedent to take under Section 6402,
the portion of the decedent's estate attributable to the predeceased
spouse passes to the next of kin of the predeceased spouse who shall
take in the same manner as the next of kin of the decedent take under
Section 6402.
   (b) For purposes of distributing personal property under this
section if the decedent had a predeceased spouse who died not more
than five years before the decedent, and there is no surviving spouse
or issue of the decedent, the portion of the decedent's estate
attributable to the decedent's predeceased spouse passes as follows:
   (1) If the decedent is survived by issue of the predeceased
spouse, to the surviving issue of the predeceased spouse; if they are
all of the same degree of kinship to the predeceased spouse they
take equally, but if of unequal degree those of more remote degree
take in the manner provided in Section 240.
   (2) If there is no surviving issue of the predeceased spouse but
the decedent is survived by a parent or parents of the predeceased
spouse, to the predeceased spouse's surviving parent or parents
equally.
   (3) If there is no surviving issue or parent of the predeceased
spouse but the decedent is survived by issue of a parent of the
predeceased spouse, to the surviving issue of the parents of the
predeceased spouse or either of them, the issue taking equally if
they are all of the same degree of kinship to the predeceased spouse,
but if of unequal degree those of more remote degree take in the
manner provided in Section 240.
   (4) If the decedent is not survived by issue, parent, or issue of
a parent of the predeceased spouse, to the next of kin of the
decedent in the manner provided in Section 6402.
   (5) If the portion of the decedent's estate attributable to the
decedent's predeceased spouse would otherwise escheat to the state
because there is no kin of the decedent to take under Section 6402,
the portion of the decedent's estate attributable to the predeceased
spouse passes to the next of kin of the predeceased spouse who shall
take in the same manner as the next of kin of the decedent take under
Section 6402.
   (c) For purposes of disposing of personal property under
subdivision (b), the claimant heir bears the burden of proof to show
the exact personal property to be disposed of to the heir.
   (d) For purposes of providing notice under any provision of this
code with respect to an estate that may include personal property
subject to distribution under subdivision (b), if the aggregate fair
market value of tangible and intangible personal property with a
written record of title or ownership in the estate is believed in
good faith by the petitioning party to be less than ten thousand
dollars ($10,000), the petitioning party need not give notice to the
issue or next of kin of the predeceased spouse. If the personal
property is subsequently determined to have an aggregate fair market
value in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000), notice shall be
given to the issue or next of kin of the predeceased spouse as
provided by law.
   (e) For the purposes of disposing of property pursuant to
subdivision (b), "personal property" means that personal property in
which there is a written record of title or ownership and the value
of which in the aggregate is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more.
   (f) For the purposes of this section, the "portion of the decedent'
s estate attributable to the decedent's predeceased spouse" means all
of the following property in the decedent's estate:
   (1) One-half of the community property in existence at the time of
the death of the predeceased spouse.
   (2) One-half of any community property, in existence at the time
of death of the predeceased spouse, which was given to the decedent
by the predeceased spouse by way of gift, descent, or devise.
   (3) That portion of any community property in which the
predeceased spouse had any incident of ownership and which vested in
the decedent upon the death of the predeceased spouse by right of
survivorship.
   (4) Any separate property of the predeceased spouse which came to
the decedent by gift, descent, or devise of the predeceased spouse or
which vested in the decedent upon the death of the predeceased
spouse by right of survivorship.
   (g) For the purposes of this section, quasi-community property
shall be treated the same as community property.
   (h) For the purposes of this section:
   (1) Relatives of the predeceased spouse conceived before the
decedent's death but born thereafter inherit as if they had been born
in the lifetime of the decedent.
   (2) A person who is related to the predeceased spouse through two
lines of relationship is entitled to only a single share based on the
relationship which would entitle the person to the larger share.

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