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.
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