A sad story with a simple fix
Every so often I get a call and it goes along the lines of: "My significant other of *a long time* just died. We weren't married, and the house and everything was in their name. What do I need to do to get the house and access to our funds?"
The first question I ask is if they had a Will; the answer is almost always no. My next statement is not what they wanted to hear. It goes along the lines of "Unfortunately nothing. If they had a Will that named you as a beneficiary or you were married then you might be able to get those things."
A simple conversation with an attorney could have saved some serious heartbreak in these situations. A Will, a Transfer on Death Designation, a new deed. Don't get caught in this situation where your hard earned property does not go to who you want.