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The simplest way would be for her to just have a will and leave it to you in the will. You can go to a site like USLegalforms.com and download a will template for minimal cost and then have her sign it and have it witnessed and it is entirely legally valid.
She is still married to her ex but there is no chance of him stepping in when she dies to try and take ownership.
Yes there is because legally anything that either of them acquire while legally married is a community property asset. So her husband would automatically own half of whatever she owned and vice versa. They would need to actually get divorced in order to cut those ties so he would have no claim to her estate.
If she owed creditors at the time of death would they be able to take claim of the car or her checking account? The checking account is in both of our names.
They can file a creditor claim against the car since it would be in her estate. But the checking account would go to you directly if you are a joint owner on the account..