cold_clarity (cold_clarity) wrote in little_details,

Action after Relative's Suicide

So I have a female character whose twin brother commits suicide. They are both in their early 30s when he kills himself (I don't think it's relevant, but just in case, he shoots himself).  Anyway, she is his only living relative and when he dies, he is in Seattle and she is in Boston--thus, even though she gets a police call the night of the suicide, she actually doesn't arrive in Seattle until a day or two later.

My questions are:
1. How do the police deal with the situation?  The victim has very little to his name aside from the money in a bank account and the belongings in his apartment.  Do they confiscate all of these things for evidence or do they leave most of it for his sister to collect (I assume it all goes to her anyway, since he has no will explicitly stating that his possessions should go to anyone else after his death).

2. He is a published author and journalist, and when he dies he has a number of unpublished private journals, manuscripts, and drafts. Do these also go to his sister, or do they legally belong to his publishers?

thanks in advance!

ETA: Forgot to mention that this is set in present-day. Sorry!
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc), ~inheritance, ~publishing & copyright, ~suicide

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