lived with unmarried partner, David, for 8 years 8 months(age 53, i'm 52). he passed away very unexpectedly(without a will) about 4 weeks ago. Went to attorney, and was told that california had no common law, and that the house we lived in (bought for us 3 yrs. ago by David's father) would go to his son, even though he promised me it would be mine. After reading http://www.californiatrustestateandprobatelitigation.com/probate-court-litigation/marital-rights-without-marriage----how-nonmarital-partners-may-receive-a-share-of-a-deceased-partner/ it sounds like i do have the right to file a claim. What i want to know is can i at the very least slow down the process. The son wants to take everything, because he can, knowing that his father wanted me to live here.