My grandfather died 9 years ago without a will. My mom has been living in his house, taking care of the property maintenance as well as the property taxes since his death. She never put the property through probate to take ownership in her name mainly because financially she could not afford it. There are no disputes over the property or other heirs to receive anything but her. How can she go about taking care of this and is there a penalty because she never placed it into probate after his death?