Mr FIL, who is 64 years, has two children, one son S, married with 2 kids, and one daughter D (my wife), married with one child. Both children are well off financially.
Son, S dies in 2009 (with no will)
Mr FIL dies in 2010, again no will.
FIL has land (~30 acres) in his name, which he received when he and his brothers negotiated a property settlement amongst themselves (their father's property). The land was in a court case for 20+years, and has been confirmed to be FILs recently.
Now, son S's wife is claiming a share in the land. As far as I know, the land should be split equally between FIL's widow, daughter and son - since son is predeceased, his share (33%) will be equally divided between S's widow and two kids.
However, the son's widow is claiming 20% for herself, plus 2x20% for her kids (in total 60%). Is this valid? If possible she wants to deny any claim for daugther D and bully mother-in-law and get 100% of the land in her name.
We are not interested in the property but want to secure the rights of mother-in-law.
Is the claim by the daughter-in-law valid?