What happens to a deceased persons belongings who had no relatives and no will.
As mentioned in an earlier post, the only relative he had was his mother who is in a nursing home. She is listed as having dementia and has been under guardianship for several yrs. when I say he had no other relatives, I mean he had no siblings, father, aunts, uncles. or cousins, was never married, and had no children. So in this case what happens to his property? Incidentally, he actually had little of value. (No car, house etc.)
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His estate will be resolved through Texas' intestacy laws. Given what you described, assuming no other facts, more likely than not all of his estate (excluding possible taxes) will belong to his mother (managed by the mother's guardian for the benefit of the mother).
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If the Decedent's mother survived him and there are no other relatives, then the Estate is divided into two moieties (2 shares), one passes to his mother who survived and the other goes to his paternal kindred. Usually, there is an heir out there somewhere, no matter how far out into the fmaily tree you have to go. However, if you cannot - absolutely cannot - find any other heirs, then the other moiety/half would pass to his mother too, which means she would inherit the Decedent's entire Estate.
If the deceased had few assets other than items of personal property (clothing, furniture), it may not make much difference. By law those items would go to his mother.
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The laws of intestate succession apply when a person dies without a will. Section 201 of the Texas Estates Code covers this situation.