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Sir, I am truly sorry for your recent loss. If your wife did not have a will then her property will be distributed according to the law of your state, South Carolina. Under this law her estate will be divided between you and her children born outside your marriage. Because title to the land was in both of your names you are a half owner of this land and she is a half owner of this land. So for half of the land will be divided between you and her children.
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Thank you. Someone will need to probate the estate. That is, someone will need to go to court, with a lawyer, and open probate That probate process will allow division of her estate including changing the name on the title or selling the land.
With this impacts your eligibility for section 8? Perhaps; any income you receive from this would be countable toward your eligibility for section 8 benefits. That said, you can waive your interest in her estate... Basically you can allow her children to have your share of her estate. This would prevent you from inheriting anf therefor impacting your ability for section 8 benefits. Consider simply allowing her children to probate the estate and waving your interest in her estate.
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