What Happens When an Estate Has No Living Heirs?
How HeirSearch™ helps legal professionals satisfy the courts, even when the estate in question has no living heirs.
A Colorado-Based Public Administrator hired HeirSearch to locate, prove, and report heirs of a decedent who had recently passed. Given that the attorney felt they had sufficient proof that there were no lineal heirs, we were contracted to verify this and conduct a Level 1 research on the decedent’s parents and siblings and their respective issues, per stirpes.
After we conducted our Level 1 search, we determined that all the family members at this level were deceased. By expanding the search to include a Level 2 search on maternal and paternal plus Level 2 grandparents, uncles, and aunts, plus their respective issues, we found that the decedent:
- Was born in New York State
- Was married and divorced in Texas but did not have children
- Did not appear to have any living heirs
After the exhaustive investigation, we identified one deceased Paternal Aunt and two deceased maternal aunts and uncles. None of the identified family members had any issue. We ultimately concluded that the decedent had no living heirs, and we were able to provide proof of this through court-ready documentation. This conclusion allowed the Public Administrator to fulfill their fiduciary duty.
If you are a Public Administrator, an estate’s executor, or an attorney representing an executor and need to establish heirship to satisfy the court, HeirSearch can help. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations, even if you are not planning to start a search right away. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have — we look forward to connecting!
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