A bit too complex and fact specific for a message board. You need to speak with a local real estate attorney.
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You need someone to investigate this situation. I also think a Real Estate attorney is the right person to start with. It really depends on what happened and how long ago title passed and why. I would not be too optimistic, but it is certainly worth looking into.