It might start with a letter from The State of Israel. The letter will tell you that the Israeli government believes that you are the relative of the owner of real estate in Israel, which has been deemed by law “abandoned,” and is being administered by the State. This letter may ask for items such as historic addresses, handwriting samples, your family tree and other information about your family and the relative.
As part of our real estate practice, we handle fascinating cases of heirs to “missing persons,” who purchased land in Israel many decades ago; often in the 30’s and 40’s. Some proud purchasers kept records and told their children and grandchildren, while others may not have passed on this information.
Did your father, grandmother, or another relative ever purchase land during the British Mandate period? Do you have a historic deed, handwritten in English and not quite know what it means?
That historic title document could be the ticket to a valuable piece of real estate in Israel (though the release process can be lengthy and complex). The AG now has a list of 17,000 “missing persons”. Have you ever checked if your relative’s name is on the list? Or have you received a letter from the State of Israel, which you were not sure is kosher?!
Contact our office to check if any of your relatives are on the list or to follow up on a letter from the Administrator General.