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The daughter is entitled to half of the estate
, and that includes the house. Even though you paid for part of the mortgage while you were married, since your name was not on the deed, that means it still fully belonged to your wife. Based on what you wrote, I do think that your step daughter has a valid claim to half of the house. Of course, that assumes that she wasn't given other assets to make up for it. For example, if the equity in the house is $20,000 (i.e., the rest is mortgaged), and if there are other assets in the estate worth $20,000, then the daughter could theoretically take those other assets and give you the house. Of course, another possibility is simply that the daughter doesn't know what she's entitled to and simply won't take any action to get any assets.
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