I have been living with my girlfriend for 7 years. Last year I put her name on a deed for a house I bought. She was on disabilty and did not contribute to the purchase of the house. She recently passed away without a will. I was going to remove her name from the deed. Would her parents have any right to get half of the worth of the house? Thanks in advanced. Bob
Answered on: 2/19/12, 7:40 am by Miriam Jacobson
First, I'm sorry for your loss.
If she was survived by a legal spouse, children, parents or siblings or other relatives, they would be the legal heirs to what she owned. Of course, before any of her heirs could have her property, her estate would have to be administered, including paying her taxes and debts.
Depending on how you titled your and your girlfriend's ownership in the deed transferring an interest to her, you might own all or half of the house, and, if she owned half, that would be part of her estate. If you transferred the house to her only, the entire house would be in her estate.
Consult an estates lawyer in your county to help determine how the house is owned and what your options are.
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