California is a community property state, and in that respect it differs from many other states.

California Land Trust property is NOT subject to dower, community property or other marital rights of beneficiaries. As a result, instruments dealing with title to property held in trust need not be signed by both spouses, only by the Trustee of the Land Trust.

In a state that has over a 60% divorce rate, being able to continue to operate a property despite ongoing marital strife can be a real benefit to both parties. Any property divisions will only apply to beneficial interests in the Land Trusts, not in the assets of the trusts, so the trust can continue to generate income while the spouses argue over who gets what.