My father recently passed away leaving no
will to our knowledge. He left his properties
in joint-tenacy with his wife, who is not the blood mother of his children. What rights do
we as blood children to our father have since there is no written will or trust of any kind left to our knowledge? If there is a current will and his surviving wife is witholding this information from us what can we do? Do we have any rights to property while she is still alive? What can we do to protect said properties for us after she passes on? It was always said, that the properties were to be left to her upon his passing, then to us children after her passing, but at this time, there is no will dated w/in the last 3 years.
There is one dated back in December of 1980
Does that have any bearing on how estate could/should be handled? We reside in California.