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My common law partner owns the house to which I have paid for unfortunately it’s been through the joint bank account. Since she has not worked since 2001 and it’s now 2014 what can I do to get my money back out of the house? The house was purchased for $325,000 and is now evaluated at $480,000.

— Brian V.


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There is a possibility to argue that your common law partner has been holding the home in trust for you. You could then get your equity out of the home. You should book a consultation so you can give your lawyer all the details and get a detailed response as to the best next step. Based on the facts presented, it sounds like you have a strong case but other facts could affect your result.

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