2012 Arkansas Code
Title 28 - Wills, Estates, and Fiduciary Relationships
Subtitle 2 - Descent And Distribution
Chapter 13 - Escheated Estates
§ 28-13-106 - Escheat of real property -- Proceedings.

AR Code § 28-13-106 (2012) What's This?

(a) (1) When the prosecuting attorney for the district has been informed or has reason to believe that any real estate within his or her district has escheated to the county and the estate has not been sold, according to law, within three (3) years after the death of the person last seized for the payment of the debts of the deceased, he or she shall file an information, in behalf of the county, in the circuit court of the county in which the estate is situated.

(2) The information shall set forth a description of the estate, the name of the person last lawfully seized, the names of the terre-tenants and persons claiming the estate, if known, and the facts and circumstances in consequence of which the estate is claimed to have escheated, and alleging that, by reason thereof, the county has the right to the estate.

(b) The court shall award and issue a scire facias against the person, bodies politic or corporate, who are alleged in the information to hold, possess, or claim the estate, requiring them to appear and show cause why the estate should not be vested in the county, at the next term of the court.

(c) The scire facias shall be served fifteen (15) days before the return day thereof.

(d) The court shall make an order setting forth briefly the contents of the information and requiring all persons interested in the estate to appear and show cause, at the next term of the court, why the estate shall not be vested in the county. The order shall be published for four (4) weeks in a newspaper printed in the county.

(e) All persons, bodies politic and bodies corporate, named in the information as terre-tenants or claimants of the estate may appear and plead to the proceeding and may traverse the facts stated in the information or the title of the county to the lands and tenements therein mentioned at any time on or before the third day after the return of the scire facias. Any other person claiming an interest in the estate may appear and be made defendant and plead by motion for that purpose in open court within the time allowed for pleading.

(f) If any person appears and denies the title set up by the county, or traverses any material fact in the information, issue shall be made up and tried as other issues of fact.

(g) A survey may be ordered as in other cases where the titles or boundaries of land are drawn in question.

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