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Contact the department of motor vehicles. If the only asset he had was the car, you won't need to go through the expense and time involved with probate.
The Department of motor vehicles can transfer the car with you with a death certificate and an affidavit that they will have you complete.
Under NY laws, if someone passes away without a will his estate will be distributed as follows:
If a decedent is survived by:
(1) A spouse and issue, fifty thousand dollars and one-half of the residue to the spouse, and the balance thereof to the issue by representation.
(2) A spouse and no issue, the whole to the spouse.
(3) Issue and no spouse, the whole to the issue, by representation.
I assume the aunt you are referring to was your uncle's wife. In which case, she received from the estate $50,000 plus 1/2 of the rest of the estate. So she had authority to sell you that car.
The following is from the NY department of motor vehicles website:
If you're the spouse and wish to transfer the title to someone else, then:
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