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Good afternoon. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed Estate Attorney. Did they live in Connecticut for all 30 years? If they lived outside of the state of Connecticut, did they ever have their common law marriage declared in that state?
Ok. Common law marriage is not recognized in the State of Connecticut; therefore, your uncle does not have any rights as a surviving spouse. There are three ways in which he could have an interest in the home. First, if his name is ***** ***** deed. Unfortunately I believe we have to rule this one out since you have stated only her name is ***** ***** deed. The second way would be through a Will, and since she has no Will, and your uncle is not a surviving spouse, all of her sole assets will go to the children.
The third way would be to prove that your uncle either helped pay the purchase price of the home, helped pay the mortgage, or made improvements to the property with his money.
He may not be help to stay in the home; however, they may be a way for him to get a piece of the profits if the home is sold.
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