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If she has been left an interest in the property this is called a life interest. But you could if she wanted go further and make a claim under the Property Relationships Act for 1/2 share of the property. These claims need to be made fairly quickly after someone dies, and there is a time limit for making the claim of 12 months from the date probate is granted for the will. But she definitely does have a claim, and will need to see a lawyer to make that claim if she wants to. The law is quite clear and I do not know why she has been told she cannot claim. That is not correct.