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Irish documentary show finds heirs in US, inheritance distributed

An Irish documentary on genealogy ended up bringing together long lost cousins who all lived very close to each other in the United States. The documentary is called "Dead Money" and featured the estate of a woman who had no apparent relatives, but an estate valued at $1.5 million. The woman didn't have a will, and according to Irish law, the estate would go to her closest heirs.

Luckily for the cousins who were found to be her descendents, the documentary was able to piece together the woman's family tree and find the heirs to her estate. While this story has a happy ending, and will likely connect a family not only to their heritage but to each other, this is an example of why it can be so important for people to make proper estate planning arrangements.

If a person has family that they hope to leave their belongings to, they might be wise to make a will in order to ensure the people they want to receive their assets actually receive them. If someone in New Jersey doesn't make a will and unexpectedly dies, their belongings would likely be distributed according to the laws of New Jersey.

An experienced estate planning attorney can help a person form a will and make sure that it works alongside other legal and estate planning documents. Other documents a person might evaluate with an attorney are trusts, and beneficiary designations on financial accounts. All of these documents should accurately and clearly reflect the person's wishes.

Source: The Irish Times, "Genealogists discover Massachusetts strangers are rightful heirs to $1.5 million estate in Ireland," March 15, 2013

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