What are abandoned properties?

Israel is the only country in the world where the government actively searches for heirs to abandoned properties, that are managed by the state for a specific period of time, in order to ensure that they are maintained well, the do not lose their value, the local municipalities can continue to grow and develop and the State has time to find their legal heirs. 

To date, over 300,000 abandoned properties in Israel are managed by the State. They go through the period of management years and during this time the State is obligated to find heirs. 

With such amount of cases open and not enough manpower, such cases await their turn and sometimes years pass before the attempt is made to find heirs. 

The files vary from those before 1948 up (meaning that the property was purchased during the British Mandate) until today and more cases are added daily. 

The probate is the process, overseen by the Israel court, whereby a deceased person's assets are distributed to their heirs and creditors. However, as with everything in life, this process is not simple if there are no known heirs, i.e. the owners disappeared or died without children, a will or any instructions. 

Because the Israeli State is the only country in the world that tries to find heirs the forensic genealogist are much better trained to look for missing persons all over the globe, often starting with nothing, but the name and the date that the property was purchased on. 

The searches for heirs are undertaken on every single continent.  

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