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Minnesota Escheat Laws

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many people in Minnesota are confused by “escheat”, a term used most often in relation to real estate. The term has been around for hundreds of years, back in feudal times. During this time the king owned all the land in his kingdom. He endowed the feudal lords with ... continue reading

New Jersey Escheat Laws

Friday, April 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The term “escheat” is normally used in reference to New Jersey real estate and can create some confusion.

It is an old term, originally used in English common law back in the days of feudal lords and kings. This law states that when a person dies, their ... continue reading

North Carolina Escheat Laws

Friday, April 17th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Old English term “escheat” is one of the common laws from the days of kings and feudal lords. Though the term was coined centuries ago, it is still used today, usually referring to real estate. People in North Carolina are wondering exactly what the term means.

... continue reading

Wisconsin Escheat Laws

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The term “escheat” is often used in real estate, especially when discussing the disposition of property of someone without relatives.

Though understood in context, many people aren’t certain exactly what escheat means. Escheat mandates that when a person dies without any heirs, the government takes possession of ... continue reading

Iowa Escheat Laws

Monday, November 17th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Back in feudal times when the king owned all the land, English common law used a process called “escheat”. This process went into effect when a tenant died, committed a felony, or was executed for treason. Since the king owned everything, he would grant land to lords, who would ... continue reading

Maine Escheat Laws

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In the United States, the word “escheat” refers to the transfer of title to the state. The term is used most often in a real estate context, but not many people truly understand what the word means.

The term’s meaning has changed a bit since it’s usage ... continue reading

New Mexico Escheat Laws

Monday, November 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
A term often used in real estate is “escheat”, a term that often confuses many people.

Escheat is the rule of law that applies to cases where a person dies and does not leave a will and has no relatives. In these scenarios, the deceased person’s property, ... continue reading

New York Escheat Laws

Thursday, November 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
If a person dies without any heirs to inherit, his or her property reverts to the government. This law is known as escheat.

This term is often used in real estate where unclaimed family property reverts to the state, but many people are confused about its usage. ... continue reading

Washington Escheat Laws

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Many of the current laws in Washington can be traced back to English common law.   In some cases, the original concept has limited application for us today, but it forms the basis on which the laws we do deal with have their roots.   In particular real estate ... continue reading

West Virginia Escheat Laws

Monday, July 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In West Virginia, the term “escheat” refers to the transfer of title to the state, from a private individual.   The term generally relates to real estate, but it can pertain to all types of property.   Some individuals might have seen the term, but most people even if ... continue reading

Florida Escheat Laws

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The concept of escheat in Florida can be traced back to English common law.   Individuals involved in real estate transactions may have heard the term escheat, but most do not really understand what it means.     

Escheat refers to the transfer of title, usually involving ... continue reading

Utah Escheat Laws

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
There are many concepts in the laws governing Utah that can be traced back to English common law.   This is particularly true in regards to land ownership and real estate law.   Many titles across the U.S. can be traced back to land grants given by the Kings ... continue reading

North Dakota Escheat Laws

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

If an individual in North Dakota dies without a will, and with no legal heirs or relatives, then that individual’s property reverts to the state.   This legal concept is called escheat.   The idea behind this rule goes back to English common law, which ... continue reading

Arkansas Escheat Laws

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Escheat, in Arkansas real estate law, means that ownership of property reverts to the state. This most often happens when a person dies with no heirs and no will.

Escheat has its origin in feudal England and Wales.   In those times, all land was owned by ... continue reading

Hawaii Escheat Laws

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In Hawaii if you own real estate and die without any living relatives under the rule of law known as escheat, your property would revert to the state government.   Escheat had its origin in feudal England where all of the land was owned by the King.   The ... continue reading

Alabama Escheat Laws

Monday, June 16th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
It is important for Alabama citizens to understand escheat. In English common law, during feudal times, if a person was to die without a will, any property the person owned reverted to the King.   During this time, the King owned all of the land and granted land to ... continue reading

South Carolina Escheat Laws

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Just what does the word “escheat” mean?

Many people have a vague notion that it has something to do with real estate. Beyond that, however, we’re essentially lost.

“Escheat” is a real estate term. It is a rule of law dating back to feudal times. It says that ... continue reading

Idaho Escheat Laws

Monday, March 17th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

“Escheat” is an archaic-sounding word whose meaning eludes many people, although they may have heard it used in connection with real estate.

Escheat is a word that dates back to English common law and yet is still used today in Idaho law. Escheat referred to the reversion of land ... continue reading

Montana Escheat Laws

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

“Escheat” is a word with roots in Medieval English common law that has relevance in today’s Montana real estate law.

If you’ve heard the word used in the context of real estate, that’s because, today, escheat refers to the transfer of property, usually a real estate deed.

In ... continue reading

Nevada Escheat Laws

Friday, March 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

A rule of law with an exotic word dating back to feudal times still has relevance today.

The rule of law and the word to describe it is “escheat.” It means that if a person dies with no heirs, all of her or his property, including real estate, is ... continue reading

Maryland Escheat Laws

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

If you think the word “escheat” has something to do with real estate, you’re correct, for the most part.

The word refers to the act of transferring a title (and that usually means a real estate deed) to the government. Usually that means state government, such as Maryland’s, rather ... continue reading

DUA Oregon

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is in place in order to ensure that employees can receive financial assistance from the federal government if they are out of work as a direct result of a qualifying disaster. Many types of disasters will qualify for coverage under ... continue reading

Vermont Escheat Laws

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Citizens of Vermont, as well as other parts of the United States, frequently have questions about the exact meaning of the word “escheat.”

With roots in English common law, escheat essentially says that if someone dies without leaving behind any heirs, then his or her property, including any real ... continue reading

Rhode Island Escheat Laws

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Residents of Rhode Island have many questions about the precise meaning of the word “escheat”.  Though the word is most often used in a real estate context, some people are continually puzzled by it.

Escheat is a rule of law that has roots in English common law.  Essentially, if ... continue reading

Missouri Escheat Laws

Monday, January 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Missouri escheat laws, as well as escheat laws in other states, frequently confuse people about their precise meaning.  Basically, escheat is a form of law that stipulates that if someone dies and does not leave behind any heirs, his or her property would revert to the government.  This property includes ... continue reading

Connecticut Escheat Laws

Friday, January 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

For the most part, Connecticut residents are at least somewhat familiar with the word “escheat”.  It is commonly used in a real estate context.

Escheat says that if a person passes away without any heirs, then his or her property reverts to the government.  This includes real estate.

... continue reading

Indiana Escheat Laws

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Indiana, as in other states, the word escheat can cause some confusion regarding its exact meaning.

Essentially, escheat is a law stating that if an individual dies without having any living heirs, then his or her property would revert to the government.  This law includes ... continue reading

New Hampshire Escheat Laws

Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

New Hampshire residents might wonder about the meaning of the word “escheat.”  Most people have at least heard the term at one time or another, but for the most part, they remain unclear on how to explain it.

The word escheat comes from English common law.  It means that ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Escheat Laws

Friday, December 14th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

The real estate community of Pennsylvania may be familiar with the word “escheat”, but others tend to have questions surrounding its exact meaning.

The King of feudal England, centuries ago, owned all of the land that he presided over.  During this period of time, the word escheat grew out ... continue reading

Mississippi Escheat Laws

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
Posted by Tamara

Residents of Mississippi may be somewhat familiar with the term “escheat”, but are not entirely familiar with the word’s exact meaning.

With roots in English Common Law, the legal term known as escheat states that any person who dies and does not have any living relatives, automatically has their ... continue reading