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Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.
You would need to make application to probate his will.You can then assert to the probate judge that the corporation stock was your personal separate property and should be returned to you.You can see if probate was filed here in the county which he deceased otherwise you would happen to open probate to resolve this matter.
You might consider negotiating with the widow for a lesser figure knowing the process here and that you are looking at some serious legal fees to take this to probate and have it awarded to you.
I wouldn't blink at paying the wife here $5-10k because I can see legal fees in this neighborhood and an uncertain outcome.
I wish I could tell you otherwise.But this is going to be complicated no doubt and may be contested by the heirs along the way drawing this out for several years.
Your first step is to see if a will was filed for probate.
Here is list of clerks.
I appreciate the chance to help you today.Thanks again.