I realize that you, like almost every other person that comes to this forum, didn't come here simply to be told "go get an attorney," but that's precisely what you need to do. The reality is that your situation is not going to be resolved by a quick fix, and self-help rarely ever really helps.
Understand that some of the facts are not on your side. Specifically, verbal promises are no substitute for a valid Will. Retaining an attorney experienced in probate, the litigation of claims within probate and the quirks of real estate law that touch on equity and reimbursement is your best chance at success here. Even if, as you say, all you can do is slow things down, an attorney can do that much better than you can. You may also find that your claim is valid and enforceable. Do yourself a favor and locate an attorney that you feel comfortable with and confident in. Best of luck.
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What you should do is immediately hire a probate lawyer to help you with this. The facts are murky and filing claims in a Probate proceeding can be extremely tricky.
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Cases like these are very fact specific, and you will need a probate attorney with litigation and preferably estate planning experience to advise you on the merits of your case and whether you have a cause of action (check AVVO or the local bar association for attorneys in your area). Because the attorney you already consulted with told you the house would go to your partner's son, it may be titled in joint tenancy with his son. If that is the case, it would go to him as an operation of law.
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I agree with other counsel that you need to consult with a lawyer who is very experienced in probate law. You do not indicate whether you and David were registered domestic partners. California law now treats the surviving domestic partner the same as a spouse for inheritence purposes. You may also have the abililty to make a Marvin vs. Marvin claim to the property. You have a very limited time period in which to make a claim against the estate, assuming it has been opened, which is why you should retain counsel immediately.
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