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Asked on: 10/31/13, 10:28 am

My brother passed away recently without a will, we as siblings are questioning on the status of the claimed surviving spouse who has been harassing our family and trying to get her hand on every single estate or property she can get money from.

However as I know that my brother has been filing tax return as "Head of Household" since 2007, the year after he had an informal wedding in his residence. We keep copies of his tax return records.

Does head of household in California Tax Law mean single filing separately, (he has two kids, he never claimed his claimed spouse as dependent in the tax return, only his two kids from previous marriage), divorced, or married filing separately. Does it imply any marital status condition ? We as siblings wish to know if she is legally married or registered with my brother. Appreciate your answer. Thank you for previous answers. They are very helpful.

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