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Locating Missing Estate

A family in the US, who I am somewhat acquainted with, recently received a letter from a neighbor of their aunt in Zurich to inform them that she passed away several years ago. The neighbor also wrote that a Will could not be located and the estate, which she thought was modest, was claimed by the government because it could not locate the legal heirs, which would be this family. She also said that the estate could be re-claimed by the family for up to 10 years. The family asked me to confirm that the estate was claimed by the government and how much it was.

I contacted the district court where the aunt last resided but the clerk would not tell me anything because I am not an heir (erbberechtigt) without a Power of Attorney (Vollmacht). I searched the internet for the aunt and could only find a listing on Moneyhouse, evidently for a credit report. I also cannot locate the Zurich Amtsblätter for 2011/2012 on the internet which might mention the estate.

Does Canton Zurich maintain a list of estates without heirs that it subsequently claimed? Is it in an Amtsblatt or other publication? How can older Amtsblätter be obtained?

Thanks for any useful feedback.
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