John Powers, of Auburn, Wash., and his live-in partner of 18 years, Christina Lewis, had an appointment with an estate lawyer to draw up wills last November, but she died in a horseback-riding accident at age 64 the weekend before.
The consequences of dying without a will—the legal term is intestate—come down to where you live. What Ms. Lewis might have written in her will didn’t matter. Instead, Washington state’s intestacy laws decided.
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