The nieces and nephews made plans to sell the building. They did include provisions in the sales agreement that Doyle was to be allowed to live in the apartment for five years at a rent of $10 per month and that he was to receive $250,000 from the sale.

That did not satisfy Doyle and he has sued the nieces and nephews.

He claims that he and Cornwell were common law married, but New York does not recognize common law marriages. His claim relies on having visited Pennsylvania with Cornwell to purchase a dog at a time when that state did recognize common law marriages.

An estate planning attorney can guide you in executing a will that meets the laws of your state of residence.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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