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If your mom has no will, then the property would pass under the intestate succession laws of Indiana. Since this is a step father, he would get a 1/4 share and your mom's children would get the remaining 3/4 share. To avoid this, she can either do a will. Or, you can have her sign a deed adding you to the title as a joint tenant with right of survivorship. The deed would need to be witnessed and notarized and then recorded in the real property records of the city/county in which the property is located. Then, upon your mother's death, title would vest automatically in you outside any will and outside of any intestate succession laws. If you need a form for the deed, let me know and I'll be happy to provide one for you!
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