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This potentially presents a problem because if no one ever filed a probate case to settle grandfather's estate, then the house would still be in his name and be an asset of his estate. So if someone filed a probate case to settle grandfather's estate, they could try to force a sale of the house since it is in grandfather's estate.
Father's recourse here to protect his interest would be to file a "quiet title" lawsuit against grandfather's estate and claim the property under the legal doctrine of "adverse possession". In PA, if someone maintains exclusive, hostile use and possession of the property of another (i.e. the estate) for at least 21 years, then they can legally claim ownership of it by law. Pennsylvania Code Â§42-5530
So it is critical that he talk to a local real estate attorney to get a quiet title lawsuit filed so as to assert his claim to the property and pursue claiming sole ownership of it.