applies when the decedent died intestate and the respective procedure is a bit more complicated. In such a case the right to inherit results from the degree of kinship and is strictly regulated in the law of the decedent`s home country. Intestate beneficiaries are first of all and commonly the spouse and blood relatives.
It sometimes happens, however, that the decedent did not leave any next of kin, and in fact it is unknown if there are any living persons entitled to share in the estate. The reasons for that may be different: wars, displacing, change of borders, emigration or just family conflicts. As the years go by, further generations are born, names change through marriages and the family bounds get loose.
In such a case locating heirs is very difficult and implies extensive and expensive investigatiions. They often require conducting very thorough genealogical research reaching back into many generations. That is why the court nominates an estate administrator and calls for heirs to come up with their claims. If no heirs have come up with their claims and proofs of their entitlement within the prescribed time limit, then to entire estate irreversibly goes to the state.