Father died intestate, 3 children, 1 passed away and a man is trying to claim ownership because he lived in the house and paid bills for a time. How can he do this and will it work?
The house goes to his children. Tell the man to take a hike.
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Concur with the California lawyer that has already answered this, assuming that this person does not have any lease in writing from your father that is still in effect (does not sound like he does). Just living in it and paying some costs, does not give him any rights against or in the property. If he refuses to vacate, you need to start a probate in the appropriate county (county where your father lived before he passed), get an executor named by the court and then the executor can start an action to evict him from the property. If you need a referral for a probate attorney, please let me know.
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