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My father divorced my mother and remarried. He died some years ago, and my stepmother has died recently. My father always said that he’d left a will, but we never heard anything about it, and I wondered whether my brother and I might be entitled to anything now. Our stepmother did have two sons of her own.

You could carry out a search at the district probate registry to find out if your father made a will, but I think you would have heard about it at the time if he had left you something. If he didn’t make a will and their house was in joint names, for example, it’s likely that everything will have gone to your stepmother unless he was quite well off. You won’t have any call on your stepmother’s estate now unless she has remembered you in her will.

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