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Does the deed refer to them in the first paragraph as "joint tenants" or "joint tenants with right of survivorship"?
The deed was drawn up in 1974, I don't see anything referring to them as tenants of any kind.
If it doesn't mention anything about joint tenancy, then it is community property held as tenants in common. For an intestate estate, property is distributed 1/2 to the surviving spouse (the 1/2 she already owned) and 1/2 to your father's children, including you. Thus, she would only own half and could not transfer full legal title to anyone. She would only be able to convey her 1/2 of the community property. You would need a local estate/probate attorney to assist you with probating your father's estate so that you and your siblings could receive your 1/2 share of the home.
If the property had been held as joint tenants, then all interest would have automatically passed to your step-mother on your father's death and she would have the right to do what she wanted with the property. But if the deed doesn't make specific reference to a joint tenancy, then there is no joint tenance.
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