Real Estate/Estate legal advice - Upon Death
Just want general real estate/estate legal advice as to division of assets (house) upon death of a male and if anything is owing to female (the girlfriend and relative). Story goes they lived together for 10 years. He was sick on and off and had medical issues. He owned the house outright. She helped with finances in the house bills, food, general expenses, care for his medical conditions. Her name was on none of the bills or property taxes. Don't believe they legally established common law relationship under the law. I maybe wrong here. Now he dies. His relatives have taken over the property (no will) and are planning to sell the house. Does the girlfriend get anything seeing no will was left or any documents establishing common law relationship? Her fear is that once they sell the house she legally gets nothing and is out on the street. Should she get a lawyer? Is it worth to take it to court and what are chances she will get any monies at all except a stack of legal fees to pay lawyers?? My first inkling is she will get nothing since no legal documents exist (no will) and no legal common law was established. No different than a girlfriend who lives in a rich dude's house. He dies, leaves her nothing and his side of the family kicks her out. Nothing she can do... or is there?? His side of the fam speaks italian, she doesnt and making things even messier with lack of communication.