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I am sorry to hear this.
When the father drafted his Will was he mentally competent?
When did he die?
Did you see the Will?
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If the father was mentally competent he was free to disinherit his kids. If she unduly pressured him then it may have been possible to have the Will set aside. But that is terribly difficult to prove and it is of course decades too late now.In terms of the wife's Will, if she was given the assets they were hers to do what she wanted with and so she did not have any obligation to her step-children. Had the father wanted the children to get the house after the Wife's death he could have given her a life interest in the house with the house then going to the kids but he chose not do.
So at this point, there is honestly nothing anyone can do aside from putting this behind them and moving on.
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But at least she can now know that she can just accept this and move on. If I were her that would help me.
Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?