February 12th, 2013

Legal ramifications of being declared dead and subsequently being found alive - particularly regardi

If someone was missing and declared dead in say California then their next of kin would inherit their fortune. However, what happens if this person is subsequently found alive. Would their fortune revert back to them or do they have no claim on it?

Any help would be gratefully received.

Game of Thrones?

Two questions relating to the book A Clash of Kings, the second book  in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin: 

1.) On average, how many hours does it take to read? I know there are about 700 pages in the hardback edition, which gives me an idea, but I've heard that it's pretty dense writing that makes for slow reading. 
2.) Are there any moments halfway to three-quarters into the book where there's a plot twist/game-changer/something big that happens that really pulls you into reading more? I've read the Wikipedia summary, but it's super complex and I can't get a good sense of how the book actually unfolds. 

Basically, I need a character to talk about the book for a bit, but I haven't actually read the series. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

Amnesia in 19 year old after car accident

Setting: Modern day (2012-13) Australia.

I'm writing a novel which centres around of a young woman (around eighteen/nineteen years old) that loses her memory after a car accident. Ideally, I'd like her to forgot a lot of her life but judging from the research I've done I don't think that's entirely possible.

So I wanted to know how much of her life she'd forget before the accident if she had retrograde amnesia. Would it be possible for her to forget years of her life? Would she remember patches of her life before the accident or would it be possible for her to remember nothing? The research I've done points to her having other symtoms but would it be possible for her to be somewhat healthy other than the amnesia?

I've searched: retrograde amnesia, amnesia after trauma, fugue states, amnesia, psychogenic amnesia and I've read this post: http://little-details.livejournal.com/2082087.html

Thanks in advance