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Thanks for your question. A verbal will is of no legal effect and your father’s estate will be wound up according to the law of intestate succession, ie, the law will assume that there is no will. Can you tell me what family there is and what estate there is. Can you also tell me what credentials the half brother has. Has he proved he is a son of your father?
Get a photocopy of his birth certificate from him and then apply to the registrar for a proper extract. I presume you need evidence of his entitlement. You can get a DNA test but of course if he is adopted elsewhere he may not have inheritance rights to his birth fsther’s estate. You need to find all this out in my opinion before you can make any important decisions. In the meantime I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
Was your mother married to your father?
Who held the title to the house? Was it just your father or was it your mother as well?
Your father’s estate is to be shared between his children. So who the children are have to be established. If this person is a child of your father then he can insist on his inheritance which may or may not depend on the house and whether it has to be sold. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.