While I can't speak to your state, I can tell you that inheritances are like any other property. If you own it and do not claim it, the state will either get it or hold it as unclaimed property. If no one knows about you, other heirs might get it.
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Mr Goldstein offers sound advice. To learn mor about the estate in question, go to the register of wills in the county where the decedent lived at his or her death to see the will and any other documents and filings. Then get to an estates attorney with this information immediately. Time is of the essence so move quickly on this.
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If the estate of the individual is still open, you will have a much easier time in collecting your inheritance. If the estate has closed, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for you to receive your inheritance.
You should contact an experienced Wisconsin probate attorney to help you figure out what your options are and how to proceed.
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In Wisconsin, if an estate has been closed and you have not claimed your inheritance before closing, then the general law is that after 120 days have passed since the time the final judgment was entered, if you still have not claimed your inheritance, the funds get paid to the state treasurer. This time frame could be different if the probate court orders something different.
Once the money goes to the state, the treasurer has to publish notice. After the notice is published, there is a 10 year time limit for people to claim funds that have been sent to the treasurer. There is more information on the Wisconsin Treasury Website - http://www.statetreasury.wisconsin.gov/index.asp
This is just general information, there could be different time limits in any particular case depending on the facts.
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