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Thank you for the information and your question. He would have a right to half of anything they own jointly and her heirs would have the right to the value of the other half. Also, of course, if she had him listed as her beneficiary in her Will or on her other accounts, such as bank accounts or insurance polices, he would have a right to whatever was left to him. But, if she passes away without a Will or having him listed as a beneficiary on her other accounts, then he would not be entitled to anything that isn't his. Her heirs would be entitled to her assets she owns alone.
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Thank you for your reply. No, the length of time they live together would not change the law as I described it. Tennessee doesn't recognize "common law" marriage, but even if they did, the couple would have to hold themselves out as married and buy property etc, as a married couple. But again, Tennessee is not a common law state.
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