His will has to be probated and the house transferred to his son, provided he had no bills. If he was on public benefits such as medicaid, the state may have liens that will have to be paid.
It is possible that a title insurance company may be willing to write a policy based on affidavit of heirship for the grandfather to avoid probate of his estate. The Affidavit would say that his sole heir was his son.
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