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No, you can't just use a death certificate to get someone's name removed from a deed. You are going to have to get a court order since he is dead.
The court order can come from a regular court or it can be from the probate court who handles his estate. If an estate hasn't been opened through the court you would have to do that as well since you have to be able to serve someone with a copy of the lawsuit and, since he has passed away, it would have to be the executor of the estate.
His daughter couldn't have gotten his name off of the estate even if you had paid her because the matter must be handled by the court since he has died.
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