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Dear Francine,

After 15 years together, my male partner and I are just friends, but I love him dearly. I feel he's given me the best years of his youth, and I have left everything to him in a will. I want to avoid probate, but our condo, worth about $350,000, is in my name. I don't want to add him, as I am afraid that if our lives go in different directions, he will force me to sell. I'm 59, four years from retirement and plan to sell and move to a smaller house in New Mexico. He is 20...

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