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Sorry, but in 1953 when my grandfather died in St. Vincent in the West Indies the island was a British overseas territory and therefore subject to British law. My grandmother died in 1976 and the Island became independant in 1979. My grandparents' daughter, my mother, had lived in the house for many years after my grandmother willed it to her, she put it up for sale, got a buyer but the conveying lawyer stopped the sale saying it was not legally my grandmother's to give one daughter ( she had 10 children in all only 4, including my mother, are still alive). My grandmother did seek legal advice after her husband's death, she assumed the house was legally hers, after all she was his wife.