San Antonio, TX asked in Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Probate for New Jersey

Q: I lived w a man for 10 yrs & he just died he hasb2 children. He had a small policy just for the funeral in my name.

Do I have rights regarding anything else?

2 Lawyer Answers
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Rockaway, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes, you may have certain rights. The palimony statute has changed in NJ. I would suggest you read it carefully.It is a bit confusing. The best thing to do is seek an attorney with experience to discuss this issue.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
Answered
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The most important question is whether you know whether he had a will ? If you are not sure, did he ever talk about or leave any paperwork identifying the name of an estate planning lawyer that he may have spoken with or worked with? If the answer to those questions is no, then .... at or around the time of his passing, did he have any bank, brokerage or individual or employment related retirement assets? And, did he have an ownership interest in a business or in any real estate?

Before you spend money on a consultation with a family law attorney, I would explore all of the items above to make sure that it is worth your time and money. I would also check his email account to see if he has received any emails from any companies for payment of policy premiums, account statements, etc.

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