Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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Did he leave a will of any type?
When was the house obtained? Before or after you were married?
It sounds like the house is community property then which means you automatically own 50% of it and your husband's estate would own the other 50%. Once the estate is probated then under the laws of intestate succession you would own the other 50% of the house and you would also inherit all of the community property and a portion of his separate property. His children would inherit the other portion of his separate property.
However, you would have to do some type of probate to pass title to all of the property. There are different types depending on the exact facts and you would need to talk to a local lawyer to see which type is appropriate for this case. You would probably want the lawyer to handle the probate as well. You can find a lawyer by going to www.lawyers.com and entering Probate Law in the section for Area of Practice.
If you are appointed as executor of the estate then you could evict the people living there and then proceed with preparing the house to sell.
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