Personal injury money

Personal injury money has several components, some of which are marital and some of which are separate. Money that is placed in a bank account that is separate property does not become marital property simply because the account is jointly titled. If the money was separate property when her Husband received it, it remains his separate property.

Helena M. Nevicosi
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My mother’s husband received a personal injury settlement in 2001. He took this money and invested it in an account that was titled jointly. They received dividend checks from this account. In 2007, he forged her name in order to transfer this money into an individual account for himself. Now, they have separated and my mother’s lawyer told her that the she should have done something about it at the time the account was transferred—that she has apparently lost any and all claim although once he/they titled the money jointly, I thought the money lost its separate character. So, it appears that from 2001 to 2007, the money was marital, but with the transfer, the money now becomes his separate property? He gets to keep all of it now?