Q: What happens to a long term significant other when the owner of a house dies without a will in Kansas?
Lived together for 10 years, only one taking care of him through Cancer
A: When a person dies without a will, he is said to have died “intestate”, and the persons who inherit from him are determined by that state’s laws of “intestate succession”. The laws of intestate succession direct a hierarchy of kinship that generally favor the spouse and children first, then parents, then siblings, and so on. I am sorry to say but unmarried partners, friends and caregivers are not factored in at all. If a person wants to leave his things to an unrelated person, he MUST do so via will or trust.
A: Adding a note that a person can also leave things to an unrelated person via beneficiary designation also. This can be used for bank and brokerage accounts and life insurance and also real estate in some states.
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