The following general categories of assets and liabilities are not all inclusive and if other assets or liabilities exist they should be listed. Assets should be listed according to which spouse has title (including assets owned by a spouse or the spouses with one or more third parties) and at their approximate market value.
Husband Wife Both Names
A. Real estate (gross value)
B. Stocks, bonds and mutual funds
C. Accounts at and certificates and
other instruments issued by
D. Mortgages, land contracts,
promissory notes and cash
E. Partnership interests
EL. Limited liability company interests
F. Trust interests
G. Livestock, farm products, crops
H. Automobiles and other vehicles
I. Jewelry and personal effects
J. Household furnishings
K. Life insurance and annuities:
1. Face value
2. Cash surrender value
L. Retirement benefits (include value):
1. Pension plans
2. Profit sharing plans
3. HR-10 KEOGH plans
5. Deferred compensation plans
M. Other assets not listed elsewhere
II. Obligations (total outstanding balance):
A. Mortgages and liens
B. Credit cards
C. Other obligations to financial
D. Alimony, maintenance and child
support (per month)
E. Other obligations (such as other obligations
to individuals guarantees,
III. Annual compensation for services:
(for example, wages and income from
self-employment; also include social security,
disability and similar income here)
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Unilateral statement; income from nonmarital property. 766.59(1)(1)
A spouse may unilaterally execute a written statement which classifies the income attributable to all or certain of that spouse's property other than marital property as individual property.
The statement is executed when signed by the executing spouse and acknowledged by a notary. If executed before January 1, 1986, the statement is effective on January 1, 1986, or at a later time if provided otherwise in the statement. If executed on or after January 1, 1986, the statement is effective when executed or at a later time if provided otherwise in the statement.
Within 5 days after the statement is signed, the executing spouse shall notify the other spouse of the statement's contents by personally delivering a copy to the other spouse or by sending a copy by certified mail to the other spouse's last-known address. Failure to give notice is a breach of the duty of good faith imposed by s. 766.15
The executing spouse may record the statement in the county register of deeds office under s. 59.43 (1) (r)
Any income of the property designated in the statement which accrues on or after the date the statement becomes effective and before a revocation under sub. (4)
is individual property. However, a statement only affects income accrued during the marriage during which the statement was executed.
A statement may be revoked in writing by the executing spouse. The revoking spouse shall notify the other spouse of the revocation by personally delivering a copy to the other spouse or by sending a copy by certified mail to the other spouse's last-known address. The revoking spouse may record the revocation in the county register of deeds office under s. 59.43 (1) (r)
With respect to its effect on 3rd parties, a statement or a revocation shall be treated as if it were a marital property agreement.
A person intending to marry may execute a statement under this section as if married. A statement executed by a person intending to marry is effective upon the marriage or at a later time if so provided in the statement. Within 5 days after the statement is executed, the person executing the statement shall notify the person whom he or she intends to marry or has married of the statement's contents by personally delivering a copy of the statement to that person or by sending a copy by certified mail to that person's address. Failure to give notice is a breach of the duty of good faith imposed by s. 766.15
Optional forms of holding property; survivorship ownership. 766.60(1)(1)
Spouses may hold marital property in a form that designates the holders of it by the words "(name of one spouse) or (name of other spouse) as marital property".
Spouses may hold marital property in a form that designates the holder of it by the words "(name of one spouse) and (name of other spouse) as marital property".
A spouse may hold individual property in a form that designates the holder of it by the words "(name of spouse) as individual property".
Spouses may hold property in any other form permitted by law, including but not limited to a concurrent form or a form that provides survivorship ownership. Except as provided in par. (b)
and except with respect to any remedy a spouse has under this chapter, whether a tenancy in common or joint tenancy was created before or after the determination date, to the extent the incidents of the tenancy in common or joint tenancy conflict with or differ from the incidents of property classification under this chapter, the incidents of the tenancy in common or of the joint tenancy, including the incident of survivorship, control.
If a document of title, instrument of transfer or bill of sale expresses an intent to establish a joint tenancy exclusively between spouses after the determination date, the property is survivorship marital property under sub. (5)
If a document of title, instrument of transfer or bill of sale expresses an intent to establish a tenancy in common exclusively between spouses after the determination date, the property is marital property.
A joint tenancy or tenancy in common exclusively between spouses which is given to the spouses by a 3rd party after the determination date is survivorship marital property or marital property, respectively, unless the donor provides otherwise.
If the words "survivorship marital property" are used instead of the words "marital property" in the form described in sub. (1)
, the marital property so held is survivorship marital property. On the death of a spouse, the ownership rights of that spouse in the property vest solely in the surviving spouse by nontestamentary disposition at death. The first deceased spouse may not dispose at death of any interest in survivorship marital property. Holding marital property in a form described in sub. (1)
does not alone establish survivorship ownership between the spouses with respect to the property held.
A real estate mortgage, a security interest under ch. 409
or a lien under s. 71.91 (5) (b)
or ch. 49
on or against the interest of a spouse in survivorship marital property does not defeat the right of survivorship on the death of the spouse. The surviving spouse takes the interest of the deceased spouse subject to the mortgage, security interest or lien.
A judgment lien on the interest of a spouse in survivorship marital property does not defeat the right of survivorship on the death of the spouse. If execution on the judgment lien was issued before the spouse's death the surviving spouse takes the interest of the deceased spouse subject to the lien. If execution on the judgment lien was not issued before the spouse's death, the surviving spouse takes the interest of the deceased spouse free of the judgment lien, unless the judgment lien is on the interests of both spouses in the survivorship marital property and all of the property of the spouses was available under s. 766.55
to satisfy the obligation for which the judgment was rendered.
NOTE: 1991 Wis. Act 301
, which affected this section, contains extensive legislative council notes.
When land contract sellers who owned the property as survivorship marital property, received the property back from the buyers by quit claim deed in lieu of foreclosure, the sellers' ownership interest could not be changed by the deed to other than survivorship property. Wonka v. Estate of Bierbrauer, 2001 WI App 274, 249 Wis. 2d 23
, 637 N.W.2d 92
Classification of homestead.
A homestead acquired after the determination date which, when acquired, is held exclusively between spouses with no 3rd party is survivorship marital property if no intent to the contrary is expressed on the instrument of transfer or in a marital property agreement. A homestead may be reclassified under s. 766.31 (10)
NOTE: 1991 Wis. Act 301
, which affected this section, contains extensive legislative council notes.
Classification of life insurance policies and proceeds. 766.61(1)(a)
"Owner" means a person appearing on the records of the policy issuer as the person having the ownership interest, or means the insured if no person other than the insured appears on those records as a person having that interest. In the case of group insurance, the term means the holder of each individual certificate of coverage under the group plan and does not include the person who contracted with the policy issuer on behalf of the group, regardless of whether that person is listed as the owner on the contract.
Except as provided in sub. (3) (e)
, "ownership interest" means the rights of an owner under a policy.
"Policy" means an insurance policy insuring the life of a spouse and providing for payment of death benefits at the spouse's death and, for purposes of sub. (3) (e)
, the term includes an insurance policy insuring the life of any individual and providing for payment of death benefits at the death of the insured. This paragraph does not apply to sub. (2)
"Proceeds" means the death benefit from a policy and all other economic benefits from it, whether they accrue or become payable as a result of the death of an insured person or upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of another event.
"Notice of claim" means a written notice, by or on behalf of a spouse, former spouse, surviving spouse or a person claiming under a deceased spouse's disposition at death, that the person claims to be entitled to proceeds, payments or an interest in the policy.
"Policy" means an insurance policy insuring the life of a spouse or a life insurance policy of which a spouse is the owner.
A policy issuer may rely on and act in accordance with the issuer's policy and records. If a policy issuer makes payments or takes actions in accordance with the policy and the issuer's records, the issuer is not liable because of those payments or actions.