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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1977 NO. 22 >

The provisions of RCW 36.24.130 and 36.24.140 do not authorize a county to probate the estate of the person who has died without heirs or to place to the credit of the county other assets of the decedent except ". . . money or other property which may be found upon the dead body . . ." 

AGO 1953 NO. 172 >

The escheat law of the State of Washington does not contemplate personal property being transferred to the State of Washington other than money.

AGO 1956 NO. 344 >

Tax liens against real property become unenforceable upon an escheat to the state, and chapter 5, Laws of 1955, Ex. Sess. (RCW 79.44.170) does not apply.