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Escheated or Bona vacantia quick guide for Canada, USA, Australia, UK, India, and China

When someone dies without leaving a Will or Trust agreement, the estates follow the Intestacy rule of the country or jurisdiction. If no surviving heir or beneficiaries survive, it is escheated (i.e., search for missing heirs or beneficiaries) to the government or crown. Someone who dies without a Will or Trust; misses the opportunity to give away wealth to a charitable organization (before Intestate and escheated to the government), which is one of the most necessary and justifiable reasons to have a Will in place without delay. Someone facing an intestate situation is one of the most unfortunate situations, and that makes the case and the importance of having a Will.

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