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For property ownership, with real property, there are a couple of issues.
#1; how title to the property is held; because that can determine who is next in line to inherit (ie survivorship deeds)
2; the owner's will, or if no will, the laws of intestate succession ie next of kin.
How was the property titled? and were both the father and stepmother on title?