Marietta, GA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia

Q: My domestic partner of 10 years passed away named me as beneficiary on insurance however, no will. Do I have rights?

We have resided together for past 10 years. After the funeral the father told me to stay in the house because that is what his son would have wanted. 3 days later different story he said that he and sister have to sell the house to pay the lawyers. They also have all monies from bank account and joint savings. Yesterday they came and loaded up half the basement with our belongings. I was treated terribly and told I needed to get out sooner rather than later. I never had any problems with these ppl before in fact, I never challenged them for the house or anything. This is so against my partners wishes however it isn’t in writing. Furthermore I asked his father for a copy of the death certificate to file my claim 3 months later with no success. He added that I will not be getting the insurance money! Do I not have any rights at all?

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1 Lawyer Answer
James Clifton
James Clifton
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If you were not legally married in Georgia or another state, then your rights will be limited to what is in writing. If the life insurance policy lists you as the beneficiary, you will be entitled to the insurance proceeds. Unfortunately, if there is no will, your rights will be limited. Schedule a free consultation to make sure your right to any life insurance is protected.

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