he dies? We live in California and never married, but he told me, friends, and family that he was leaving me the house. We moved in together when it was new over 20 years ago. He never changed the will and it went to his two kids, but I'm still living in it, paying the taxes, the HOI, all repairs and expenses.
Not likely. You would only be entitled to keep the property if your name was on title, in his will, or as a beneficiary in a living trust. It wouldn't matter if you paid the taxes, insurance, repairs and maintenance.
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I agree with the prior attorney. In addition, please be aware that you cannot deduct the real estate taxes on your income tax return as you are not the owner of the property. To be sure that you have no rights consult with a CA estates attorney.
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You might be able to come to an agreement with the kids, however you are not *entitled* to the property if you were not either (1) on title, (2) designated to receive it in the will, (2) married to your partner, or (3) in a registered domestic partnership. The best you can argue for is a refund of your contribution to the property, but it would be a hard sell - contact a local probate attorney with the facts and ask for a consultation.
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