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Ok, this is going to be covered under California's intestacy laws that govern when someone passes without a will. They state that if someone is not married, but has children, then the children inherit everything as a matter of law. See CA Probate Code 6450-6455.
I don't like it that it turns out like this, but when someone passes and doesn't have an estate plan in place, then default state law controls, even if the result is not fair or equitable.
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