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    Jun 5, 2012, 05:47 PM
    Inherited house sold gold found who owns gold
    I inherited a house and the contents of the house. I emptied the house out and found valuable coins, I thought I had found all there was. Later I sold house, new owner tells me he has found more coins hidden in attic, do I have a legal claim to those coins?
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    Jun 6, 2012, 04:57 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by major mojo View Post
    new owner tells me he has found more coins hidden in attic, do I have a legal claim to those coins?
    Hello m:

    I doubt it, but I'd certainly run it by a real estate lawyer. He shouldn't charge you for an initial consultation...

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    Jun 7, 2012, 02:23 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by excon View Post
    Hello m:

    I doubt it, but I'd certainly run it by a real estate lawyer. He shouldn't charge you for an initial consultation...

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    I think the adage "finders keepers" would apply here.
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    Jun 7, 2012, 04:46 AM
    The law has always been when the house is bought... it conveys title to everything attached to it, specified in the contract... and anything left behind when it goes to closing becomes the property of the new owner.
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    Jun 7, 2012, 11:17 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by major mojo View Post
    I inherited a house and the contents of the house.
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    new owner tells me he has found more coins hidden in attic, ...
    If you were to claim these new coins, despite the fact that you had sold the house and everything in it to the new owner, wouldn't logic suggest that you would have to prove the coins were yours (instead of those of someone who previously lived in the house)?

    I know you interited "the contents of the house", but for you to claim them would be at odds with the plan meaning of "everything = everything".
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    Jun 7, 2012, 11:35 AM
    Besides the fact the cost of lawsuit could easily excede the value of the coins.

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