escheat - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] legal
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a ​situation in which ​property or ​money becomes the ​property of the ​state if the ​owner dies without a will and without ​legalheirs

    Whatever ​land is not actuallyowned by the ​publicauthority may be ​transferred to it by escheat.

    Submitted from Switzerland on 17/10/2015