Q: I have been living with my girlfriend for 24 years, but we’ve never gotten officially married. Will my assets automatically pass to her upon my death?

by | Sep 20, 2023 | Estate Planning, Q&A, Trust And Estate Administration |

A: Not necessarily! Any assets you own as joint tenants would automatically pass to her by right of survivorship. However, be aware that California, contrary to popular belief, does NOT recognize common law marriage. Therefore, if you want assets to go to your girlfriend in the event of your death (and NOT to your closest heirs at law), then you definitely need to put an estate plan together!