A few months ago I wrote about someone I know who expected her partner to leave her the bulk of his estate instead of the majority of it going to his children and grandchildren. Lots of commentary on that one. Some people commented that as she “cared” for him, she “deserved” the money.
Assuming that a couple is older, and have been together less than ten years, and do not share any children, I ask the specific question:
Does living with someone qualify as a reason to be left a large portion of an estate? Is the assumption that one has somehow “earned” the money for services rendered? Of course I mean service in the most pedestrian of ways- cleaning the house, taking care of certain tasks, etc.
Is being left money a sort of payback?
Should you take care of things in a relationship just because that’s what people do, with no expectation of recompense? Or should one be shown the money?