No. This has to be spelled out as an advancement under the will or there had to be an understanding that it was a loan. If it were indeed a loan, then oral agreements can be enforced. However, if it was a gift, then it should not be deducted.
John T. Mroczko
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It depends if they were deemed married by common law marriage principles prior to 1997. If not, then she will not be entitled to anything from the estate. However, if the business was unincorporated, then she may be able to argue it was a partnership.