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Unfortunately, a common law marriage is simply not an option if one of the parties was already married
, even if only by technicality. Regardless, he was still married. So no, a common law marriage would not be recognized in such a situation.
However, joint accounts go to the survivor (i.e. you) generally speaking, as well as of course the insurance policies he named you as the beneficiary with. This does not become part of his "estate
," bypasses probate
, and goes directly to you.
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