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They could do this, and challenge the estate distribution. When there is no will the Administration Act has a formula for dividing the estate, and he would get the first part and the children would get the balnce. But this can and in this case should be challenged especially if he caused her death. They need to instruct a lawyer to freeze the estate and lodge a caveat if necessary. The lawyer can search the title for the property and see what has been registered, and if there is a caveat already