If someone dies without a Will who inherits their belongings?

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My boyfriend's dad passed away in October. There was no Will. He lived with his girlfriend for 12 years and she is refusing to let him and his siblings have anything of their father's. He had a car and he put his girlfriend's name on it. It is listed as father's name/girlfriend's name. Who is entitled to his belongings? If it is my boyfriend and his siblings, what do they need to do to get their father's things? Can they go through small claims court or do they have to go through probate? They are worried that she will destroy their father's stuff before they get any of it.

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