I am sorry to hear that- when probate is not initiated it does put a cloud on the title and makes it difficult to transfer title; however there are remedies.
For example, a person of interest (the current owner, a person under contract to buy the home, etc) can file a petition with the court in the county where the property is located. It is called an Action to Clear Title. This is an equitable remedy, and requires the drafting of the custom action (ie no standard template exists). The proof required would be copies of death certificates, any relevant Letters Testamentary or other documents pertaining to the property, affidavits of heirs, etc, to show the chain of title and how it was informally transferred over the years.
It generally takes at least 3 months to clear the title, so until that is done, there essentially is not a "marketable" title so any purchasers would be taking a risk, as normally the seller would clear title before marketing the property.
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