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If you did not contribute financially to the purchase of the property and.there is no agreement in place stating you are entitled to a share of the equity then you will not be able to claim any of the equity in it I'm afriad. English Law does not recognise a common law husband (or wife) unforunately.
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Why did you transfer the money? Was it intending as a gift, a form of loan or that she was merely to hold it for you for a period of time.
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Dealing with this without solicitors is fairly unconventional. If you consider that you intended your agreement to be legally binding then you will have a contract which you can seek to enforce. You've got to go and see a solicitor is you do not think her position is going to change and you may have to litigate to see how strong he resolve to defend her position is.
If there is a mortgage on the property then you won't be able to register as sole proprietor without their consent, and you will need to demonstrate sufficient income to receive a mortgage offer.
Having it in writing will probably be persuasive. Phone a local property litigation solicitor, take the written proof of agreement, details of the property and proof of the transfer of the funds and he will get you started.
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