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If no one has ever filed a probate case to settle the person's estate, then it is the estate that still owns the house and contents as well as everything else.
A will has to go through probate court to be formally recognized so that assets can be transferred from the estate to the beneficiaries of the will.
So whoever is named in the will as the executor of the will needs to file a formal probate petition to open a probate case so the estate can be settled and the assets transferred to you as the beneficiary. Once the probate case is opened, the executor can open a probate bank account and deposit the check into it.