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Hi, thank you for your question. Could you please confirm if any of the following is true:
Did your mum and your stepdad have a financial settlement as part of their divorce, if so do you know the terms of the settlement?
Thanks for confirming. As they are divorced, your mother has no automatic right under intestacy law to inherit from his estate. However, if there was no financial clean break then she would be entitled to pursue a court application to court to contest the intestacy and seek to apply for a share of his estate. Given the likely complexity of this issue I would suggest that she seek local solicitors who specialise in wills and probate (she can find them here: http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/).
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