De facto marriage, separated sons pose complications for the will
Q. I I have lived with my partner for 25 years. We are not married and have no children together. She is not introduced as my wife and she uses her own name. We file separate tax returns. We don’t share checking or savings accounts, and we don’t have credit cards together. I own two properties, both of which were purchased in my name solely and entirely with my money while I was living with my partner. She pays me $700 in rent every month. Can she claim any of my property if I die or if we separate? I also have two sons, but we separated and haven’t spoken in years. Can they claim anything in the event of death? All three are mentioned in my will and each receives only a small amount of money.
A. Even if the facts seem to indicate otherwise, your partner could certainly claim that you are a common-law partner. She’d have a much easier time if you were to die, because you wouldn’t be there trying to prove her wrong.