If you are married, you have rights in your deceased spouses estate. If you are not married, the personal property of your partner belongs totally and completely to their heirs. Depending on how title to your home is held, they may have rights to it as well. You need to speak with a lawyer to sort out everything.
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If the decedent left a valid Will, then their property will pass in accordance with the provisions of the Will. Otherwise, the decedent's property will pass to the children pursuant to the intestacy statutes unless it is titled in some type of co-tenancy with the surviving partner or given to the partner as a gift (which can be very difficult to prove).
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