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My father died in 1988. My step mother died today. She has sisters, but no children. The deed to house is now in her name. Who inherits the house?
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Estate Lawyer: J. Warren, Attorney replied 2 years ago
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My condolences on your loss. I am assuming when you state "The deed to house is now in her name" that you mean your step mom.
If you step mom did not leave a will and there was no provision for the house to be held in a trust for her life with the remainder to you at the end of her life, under intestate laws, unless she adopted you, the house will go to her siblings. I realize this seems unfair but unless she had a will that directs the house to you, her sisters will be in line to inherit the house.
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Estate Lawyer: J. Warren, Attorney replied 2 years ago
Here is a link to the intestate succession (meaning probate without a will):
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=prob&group=06001-07000&file=6400-6414
If your step mother had a will, she could dispose of the property as she wishes which could leave you with no standing to inherit the house is she did not provide for that. This is often a sad and unfair result when a step child is prevented from inheriting anything.
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