Roseville, CA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California

Q: Domestic partner survivor benefits

My domestic partner died in februrary and named me as beneficiary for survivor annuity benefits. We were never “registered” as domestic partners but lived together for 23 years leading up to his death. I also have a car in his name i want to sell. He was never married. His benefits department is asking for paperwork to continue benefits to me.

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Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Roseville, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: My condolences for your loss. If you are named as beneficiary, the normal process is for the annuity administrator to have you complete forms. The car would go to his estate by his will, trust, or if neither, then to his heirs by intestacy, which would not include an unregistered domestic partner.

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