How terrible! But really you're not protected as a common-law spouse if your partner dies.  If you separate while still alive you can take your Ex to the cleaners pretty much, but if they die before you, you could get nothing.  This actually happened to someone I know.  Her partner was considerably older than her (13 years) and he kicked the bucket without letting her know what he was planning!  Bad Boy!

He had always told her that he had made sure she would be financially well taken care of if he went first - but as it stands, he hadn't really done anything, assuming that it would be spousal roll-over as usual.  That is absolutely not the case unless you are legally married.  If you are not named as beneficiary on investments and property and if there is no mention of you in the "will", you really don't exist.

Sound familiar? Take action, make sure that if it's you, you know with absolute certainty what will happen, and if it's someone you know pay it forward.




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