Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practising lawyer in England with over 10 years experience.
Do you know if your father left a will please? If not do you think he could have created a trust dealing with his share of the property?
Thanks. Have you been given any information about what this provision might have been?
Do you have a copy of the deed register for the property?
Thank you. There are only so many ways in which your father could have achieved what is suggested. He would either have need to settle a trust for his share of the property during his life or he would have need to provide for a trust or gift in your favour in his will the latter of which from what you say he did not do, but rather left everything to his wife. Therefore you are reliant on finding evidence of creation of a trust.
The first step is to obtain an historical copy of the register at the date of his passing. As you say the up to date copy is likely of limited use because of likely changes.
You can order an historical copy of the register using the following link:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/352447/HC1.pdf
Once you have this might I suggest you send it over to me and I can look at it to see if there are any clues. I think this will be easier than me trying to explain what to look for as this would be very long winded.
At the same time if your father used any local solicitors at the time you can track down, you might like to contact them to see if they were instructed to create any trusts on your fathers behalf. There is no central register - sometimes a trust may be referred to on a property title but not always - so it can be a case of detective work.
Would you like to obtain an historical copy of the register using the above form as at the date of your fathers passing and then send this over to me and proceed from there?
Using this we can see if your father made any provision in relation to the title for you.
At the same time whilst waiting for the above to come back from the land registry you could see if you can make any enquiries with solcitors you being your father may have used as above to see if this turns up any evidence of a trust being created.
Is there anything further I can help you with for now?
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