The process of handling the affairs of a missing person is actually quite cumbersome.
It is orders of magnitude more complicated than handling the affairs of a deceased person. The reason for this is that everyone dies, and so the need to handle the affairs of a deceased person is so commonplace that significant resources have been utilized to streamline the process and there is an infrastructure in place to deal with the volume of cases involving deceased persons.
With a missing person, however, it is not as commonplace to have a missing person with affairs in need of managing. Consequently, the process of handling the affairs of a missing person is not improved over time to be efficient and there are not so many resources devoted to guiding you through the management. There are rarely changes to the statute and there is not an infrastructure developed specifically to deal with missing persons as there are with estates.
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There is a commonly held belief that being absent for seven years creates a presumption of death.
This used to be the law. This was overwritten by our legislature in the 1960s specifically to say that any period of absence does not create a presumption of death. The legislature directs the judge to decide each case upon the individual facts.
This means you should take action as soon as possible.
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Hopler, Wilms, & Hanna PLLC has extensive experience in North Carolina missing person cases where we have helped families move past the legal aspects of this unfortunate circumstance. Please contact us today to get the help you need.