Following up on an earlier post. A woman will officially inherit her reclusive first cousin's $7.4 million estate after a court ruled that she is his only heir. After the man died, the estate auctioneer found $7.4 million of gold coins in his house.
1. When someone dies without a will, the estate does not escheat to the state. Statutes set forth how the estate will be distributed which is generally along the lines of closest living relative.
2. Only one first cousin? That is a narrow family tree.