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The house is relationship property, and this means you have a claim to a half share even if she leaves this to her family. They may be upset by this, but the law is clear that you can if you wish, claim a half share. The fact you paid a share of the mortgage will not mean you get more than half, but whatever her family think, you can claim a half share. You should consult your own lawyer at this stage, and perhaps register a notice of claim on the title. The family will not be able to remove you from the home if you do this, and will have to discuss the sale of the property with you.