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1. I regret to say that once your mother is named as joint leaseholder, then she is bound in law. I appreciate that the witness might state that he never met your mother, but that merely suggests that the witness did not do his job properly and signed the witness part without the person being there. It does not mean that your mother has a "get out" of the lease.
2. I would suggest you negotiate with the land lord and see if the landlord will release your mother from the lease. The landlord will have dealt with your late father and so might appreciate that all dealings were with your father. So it might be an opportunity for the landlord to re-let the premises at a higher rent to someone else. So the landlord might see a commercial opportunity here and release your mother and your father's estate from the lease.
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4. There is a good argument to make that your mother should obtain a "get out" from the lease and this is an argument that can be run in court should the landlord seek to enforce the lease. Personally, I believe it is unattractive to a judge. I know you want to obtain as asset-maximising solution to the current conundrum now that your father has died. However, be aware that your father's (bankrupt) estate will remain liable to the landlord for the rental payments should your mother obtain a "get-out".
5. The reality is that any alleged transfer of the half share of your father in the house to your mother is potentially liable to be set aside should you father's estate be bankrupt as a result of him failing to pay the lease payments. So the landlord will attack any transfer of the half share in the house to your mother.
6. It is a fundamental principle of insolvency law that a creditor of an estate (such as your mother) cannot take the benefit of your father's assets and resile from the burden of your father's debts when it comes to his estate. For this reason, I believe it will be an unattractive argument for your mother to get a "get out" on the lease. However, there IS NO problem with arguing it.