would be learning that an estranged sibling had passed away six years ago and no one in the family
knew. Stranger still – learning that your brother had left you two bank accounts worth $81,000. One
family’s experience holds a lesson for all: if they are not included in a will or discussed with family
members, many accounts go unclaimed. For this family, a scavenger hunt proved worth the effort.
When an 84 year old resident of a New York boarding home passed away in 1994, no one in the family
was notified. It had been 27 years since any family members had heard from Louis Passerini, an
eccentric who had deliberately isolated himself from his family.
Passerini left behind no contact information for anyone to get in touch with his family to even let them
know that he had passed away.
Six years later a search firm contacted Passerini's two brothers.
The firm had been hired to find his heirs.
Passerini had two bank accounts in New York that needed to be distributed.
All his brothers knew was that Passerini was a career military man and a miser. As a result, the brothers
thought there might be more bank accounts out there.
Indeed, after a long scavenger hunt, they discovered that their hunch was right on the money.
In fact, there were many bank accounts totaling nearly $1 million.
DNAinfo reported this story in an article titled "Long-Lost Brother's Death Leads Man on $1M Scavenger
Not everyone has a long lost sibling with bank accounts all over the country that need to be tracked
On the other hand, even the family members with whom we do remain in contact might have accounts
they have forgotten or they neglect to mention in an estate plan.
Consequently, when someone passes away it is important that the executor perform due diligence in
tracking down any accounts that might have been forgotten. Contact our estate planning attorneys for more information.
Reference: DNAinfo (July 20, 2015) "Long-Lost Brother's Death Leads Man on $1M Scavenger Hunt."