Can I keep this money?

I have 600 dollars from my recently live-in boyfriends account that he
asked me to take out of his account in case something should happen to him
while seriously sick in the hospital. He passed away and now his sister
wants it. He wanted me to have the to take care of his dog after he passed
knowing that I don’t have extra money in case something should happen to
her and normal costs for her. He had know will.

Asked on March 10, 2018 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Please accept our sympathy for your loss.
Money given ("gifted") to you by your boyfriend before he died is your money: he had the right to do whatever he wished with his money while alive--give it to someone, spend it however he wished, etc.--and after he passes away, neither his estate nor his heirs have any right to reclaim or recover money he gave away or spent while alive. A gift, once given, cannot be ungiven and belongs to the recipient.


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