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I am very sorry to hear about this situation. Without a Will, the estate is distributed based on default succession laws to family that is left - see HERE and scroll down to "Who Gets What in Georgia?"
It is fairly simple and follows those rules based on surviving family since there is no Will.
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If an heir signs off on a quit claim deed for something he should/would have inherited (if this is what you mean), then they lose that gift that they would have received to whomever they quitclaimed the deed to.
A step child does not count as an heir to the deceased. Ergo, unless there is a Will and they are provided for in the Will, the step child does not inherit.
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