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jjb: "My wife's friend lived with her boyfriend for over 20 years.He never devorced his wife, not wanting her to get a portion of the house."

Sad, but without a written will..... the 'estate' of the dead man will go by state statues and the wife will wind up with at least her 'half' of the house and the court will decide how to divide assets between 'wife' and 'sons'. If he had any assets to be divided up - like car, household furnishings, collectibles, etc.

Unless he had a written will giving his property (his half share of the house ) to his girlfriend, she will likely wind up with nothing.

Other than unpaid medical bills/utilities/etc on the house.....for the man before he died - the girlfriend has little claim to anything.

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