Definitions

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  • n. The process of transferring unclaimed or abandoned property to a state authority, especially when a person dies intestate.

Etymologies

escheat +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kittrell's bank goofed; her escheatment shouldn't have happened.

    Go Jump In A Lake

  • I have no problem with escheatment itself (except its slimy-sounding name).

    Go Jump In A Lake

  • And the purport of it was, that on pain of a heavy fine or escheatment, I would hold myself ready and present, to give evidence when called upon.

    Lorna Doone

  • He died intestate in 1819, and never having been naturalized, his property was liable to escheatment by the Commonwealth, but a special Act of the Legislature was passed February 3d, 1821, in which the same was released to his daughter Margaret, who had married Joseph Gray, also a native of Ireland, neither of whom had become naturalized.

    History of Roanoke County

  • So how can consumers protect their property from escheatment?

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • To notify property owners of pending escheatment, Delaware's division of revenue simply publishes an ad in The News Journal in Wilmington, according to Patrick Carter, the state's director of revenue, even though the owner could be anywhere in the U.S. or even the world.

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • Suever isn't the only client of Palmer's to lose money to escheatment.

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • But to cover budget shortfalls, some states quietly empty this lost and found into their general funds, trampling private property rights in the process, says William Palmer, a California attorney who has represented many victims of improper escheatment.

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • a heavy fine or escheatment, I would hold myself ready and present, to give evidence when called upon.

    Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

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