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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 62-2-805 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A PRESUMPTION THAT A DECEDENT AND THE DECEDENT'S SPOUSE HELD TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY IN A JOINT TENANCY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP, FOR EXCEPTIONS TO THE PRESUMPTION, AND FOR THE STANDARD OF PROOF TO OVERCOME THE PRESUMPTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Part 8, Article 2, Title 62 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 62-2-805. (A) For purposes of this article, tangible personal property in the joint possession or control of the decedent and the surviving spouse at the time of the decedent's death is presumed to be owned by the decedent and the decedent's spouse in joint tenancy with right of survivorship if ownership is not evidenced otherwise by a certificate of title, bill of sale, or other writing. This presumption does not apply to property:
(1) acquired by either spouse before marriage;
(2) acquired by either spouse by gift or inheritance during the marriage;
(3) used by the decedent spouse in a trade or business in which the surviving spouse has no interest;
(4) held for another; or
(5) devised in a written statement or list disposing of tangible personal property pursuant to Section 62-2-512.
(B) The presumption created in this section may be overcome by a preponderance of the evidence demonstrating that ownership was held other than in joint tenancy with right of survivorship."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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