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Are you still at the hospital?
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This is stressful, I'm sorry you're going through this.
Your daughter's partner recently committed suicide.
The site thinks this is a family law question, is it? Are you talking about children?
Or only about his possessions?
Were he and your daughter legally married?
Were they married?
How long did they live together?
And no children?
Is there a Will, to your knowledge?
OK. If you want to take the position that these two lived together for two years, then that gives your daughter a claim on the property that they accumulated while together due to be in a spousal / interdependent relationship.
This means that, until cooler heads prevail, it's fine to let them take the property and goods he owned prior to moving in together.
They have no right to "sieze" anything, so let's hope that they won't get stupid. Let's assume that since they just lost their son that they aren't thinking right either and if they've lost him they want his things.
You mentioned a car. If he had the car before he moved in with your daughter then let them take the car back. Not because he "verbally left it to her" but because it's not "family property".
As soon as you can get out of there safely, go see a lawyer for some specific direction and to write them a letter about being civilized about this.
Or, if the value of the goods isn't large, just let them have it all. Obviously your daughter can keep gifts that he gave her, money that they had in a joint account, things like that which are clearly going to devolve to her. Furniture and clothes and such aren't worth fighting over. If there are any big-ticket items, please let me know and we'll talk about them.
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Well, I'd say that's not enough to just hand it over. Perhaps she was going to buy it off of him. You don't know.
In any event, what is this car worth? And is it financed? IF so, then there may be more owing on it than it's worth?
It's two years of cohabitation for common law marriage status, so if it's paid off then it's worth it to not simply let it go.
They don't have any right to it. At least your daughter presumably lives at the address on the insurance/ownership. And she's not on title herself? If it was a gift to her, you'd think it would be in her name, or theirs jointly.
What else is going on? And why are you at the hospital? Who is "he" that had a breakdown?
That's very sad. I'm sorry.
Is his family still there?
If your daughter and he are "common law" or in a cohabitational relationship intended to be of some permanence, then your daughter should inherit. But if it was less than two years then you need evidence of the nature of their relationship. Depending on the value of the estate the families should split it just to avoid the argument. It wouldn't honour his memory for your daughter and his mother go at each other over his assets.
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