I have a family member who was a Georgia resident that recently died without a will. Do their assets go to the State of Georgia?
In Georgia, if no person comes forward and claims to be an heir within four years after a legal proceeding has commenced to determine the existence of heirs of a decedent who dies wthout a will, then the decedent’s property can escheat to the State of Georgia. Escheat means revert to the state. Who is considered an heir and when the four year time period begins are outside the scope of this response. Accordingly, please contact Rumsey & Ramsey at (770) 394-9400 to discuss the facts of your case with a lawyer.