deceased property owner

titled owner died 3 years ago, no living heirs, long-term unmarried partner
living in house…what happens to house?

Asked on October 19, 2018 under Estate Planning, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Since the deceased died without a Will (I'm assuming since none was mentioned) and was not married at the time of their death, then their legal heirs will inherit. If there are none (even distant relatives), their the estate will pass to the state in which they were domiciled at the time of their death. The process is known as "escheat". Basically, this means the power of a state to acquire title to property for which there is no owner.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Since the deceased died without a Will (I'm assuming since none was mentioned) and was not married at the time of their death, then their legal heirs will inherit. If there are none (even distant relatives), their the estate will pass to the state in which they were domiciled at the time of their death. The process is known as "escheat". Basically, this means the power of a state to acquire title to property for which there is no owner.


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