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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

What Happens if my Partner Dies Without a Will?

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Question: http://www.lawguru.com/cgi/bbs/mesg.cgi?i=617015055
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Category: Probate, Trusts, Wills & Estates
Location: NJ
Subject: significant other died intestate

a few weeks ago, my significant other/cohabitant of 13 years died unexpectedly. there is no will known, however, his intentions and wishes were made clear to his brother, employer and friends--these being that he intended to write a will where his son would receive $1 and i the rest of the estate. this one adult son whom he essentially disowned years ago was already looking for 'his due'before the body was cold. it has been suggested to me that i have a chance under 'palimony' since nj doesn't recognize common law--is there any validity here?? thank you.


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Reply: http://www.lawguru.com/cgi/bbs/mesg.cgi?i=634613038
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Category: Probate, Trusts, Wills & Estates
Location: NJ
Subject: Re: significant other died intestate

I am sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, the failure of your partner to have an appropriate estate plan has left you without many options. A Will and Trust could have assured that your partner's wishes were carried out. You should check with a lawyer, but keep your expectations low. If you or any friends in similar relatinships have an opportunity to plan, legal advice should be obtained immediately. Please see my website http://www.saveyourestate.com