We have ended up in a somewhat special situation. My husband received a letter from the Luleå municipality whose social administration conducted a family after a woman has passed away. It turns out that the woman is my husband's grandmother's half-sister. The only heirs are my husband and his brother. This part of the family up there in Luleå has my husband's part of the family not had any contact with at all since the 1930s. It should be mentioned also that we live in Skåne.
My husband and his brother are completely uninterested of this heritage and do not want to have anything to do with it. What can you do then? It is possible to renounce the legacy of this woman that they never ever met? My husband and his brother fear that it now requires them to clean up after the woman and make the probate, etc. They can by surrendering the legacy also avoid having to take care of all the work? It feels as if a large amount of work (and costs) landed in the us that do not have anything with this person to do, in addition to the formal relationship. It should be mentioned also that there is probably not much value in the estate, but a rundown house filled to the brim with junk. My husband and I have no children. However, it has been my husband's brother. How do we proceed?
If there is, the larger the value of the estate than sufficient to pay the funeral expenses can social services do an estate registration. It also assumes that there is no property. Girlfriend's house, that you write in the question, seems to be a property and when must a probate be made.
You and your brother may in writing waive the inheritance after her, and there is no other so there will be the General inheritance fund have to take care of the settlement of the estate. A good one will be appointed for this purpose.