Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, March 19, 2006. DEAR BOB: My fiance and I are splitting after a 10-year relationship. During this time, we bought two single-family houses and one duplex. When we started acquiring these properties, my credit was poor due to a bankruptcy, so all the property is in her name. I am worried that nothing is in my name. What should I do to protect myself and my interest in these properties, which have greatly appreciated in market value? --Dan C. DEAR DAN: Please consult the best real estate attorney in town. Unless you have some type of written agreement, you might find it very difficult to prove an oral agreement to co-own the properties and split the pr...
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