Estate Law in Alluvium

Heredity and Estate Law

        The fact that death is not at all  permanent state of being in Alluvium means that the concepts of heredity and estates are somewhat difficult to deal with. The Order often leaves this sort of law in the hands of the Grave Dancers as they are commonly granted such rights anyway.    

        The law as written requires all property, lands and valuable items to be registered with contracts written and approved by a Lawyer to ensure proper ownership upon Return.  Additionally these documents state who shall hold the property in trust whilst a citizen is dead.

        This type of law is very specific.  For example, death is a specific thing.  A missing or imprisoned citizen does not transfer his property in the same fashion as a dead citizen does.  This leads to family members or others often seeking out a Lawyer to help declare the missing citizen officially dead.  The minimum time to pass from last seeing the citizen is one cycle, until which time without proof of death (witness or otherwise) the citizen can not be called dead.  

        The Grave Dancer’s insurance policies are designed to insure that upon death or going missing, the possessions of the insured are gathered by this guild and held in trust until the verified Return.   Many in the Order feel that the Grave Dancers hold far too much power in this respect.  

        Heredity of course does not transfer any title or possessions to the successor - although nobles legally married and registered may utilize all possessions and title for a period of one cycle in the absence of said noble.  The spouse will act as that noble until proof of death or one cycle has passed.  During this time, if correspondence is made from the titled noble, an extension of this time is granted.

Posted on October 10, 2014 .