If you die without a will (known as "intestate"), the state, and not you, will decide how your property is to be distributed. In many states, your property will be distributed as follows: First, all of your joint property will pass to your spouse (if you have one). Second, your separate property will pass according to these rules:
If you have a spouse, your spouse receives:
All of your property if you leave no children, parents, siblings, nieces or nephews
Half of your property if you leave one child or one or more parents, siblings, nieces or nephews
One-third of your property if you leave two or more children
All property not given to a spouse is distributed to the following persons, in this order:
Your brothers and sisters, or, if they are not living, their children
Your grandparents, or, if they are not living, their children (i.e. your uncles and aunts)
Children of your deceased spouse
Relatives of your deceased spouse
The State of your legal residence
Transfer of assets is handled by the probate court. The state laws where your mom lived dictate who gets the property. If your mom passed on intestate, then the law usually gives the survivng spouse 1/2 and the other 1/2 is divided equally amoung the children. If you are the only heir then it should be easier for you to obtain 100% of mom's assets. If mom passed on testate and named you as the heir of the property, then the probate court would award you the property barring any contentions to your mother's will.
You really don't need an attorney to process a probate unless there is a contention to the will. The attorney can't change the deed, only the probate judge can.
If it was a private sale without a title transfer you will need to consult with an attorney.
Did you mom pass away with a will or a living trust? Are you the only heir or was the property names in the will?
If a deed was recorded you are good to go! Good luck.
First, did your mother leave a will?
Second, review it with an attorney. Either way...
Third ,when a property changes ownership, the purchaser needs to select the method of tenancy.
Could it be you are on title and are unaware?
A good probate attorney can help you
I'm not attorney...although I do play one on TV.