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Did your father ever become a U.S. citizen?
No, I think he was a legal alian if that is the right term, I think the issue was die to having a heart attack which subsquently bankrupted him and his wife in the states.
This is never an easy question, but regarding this situation English law governs the inheritance of land in England. Since your father was domiciled in the U.S. and did not have a will, then British law would apply Kansas law regarding the inheritance of his property by intestate succession. For a good discussion of this subject, see:
Section 3.4 http://www.collyerbristow.com/Default.aspx?sID=55&cID=279&ctID=11&lID=0
As far as who inherits under Kansas law, see Kansas Probate Code Sections 504, 505 http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_59/Article_5/#59-505
I believe that British laws of inheritance would be similar too, but that is not my area of expertise. In order to pass title to the land, there will have to be some probate work done in England.
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