23 February 2013
If the Heirs Sell, Is Grandma Dead?
If you locate a deed in the United States where a number of related individuals (and their spouses) are selling real property, it is reasonable to conclude that one of the owners has probably recently passed away. The likely recently deceased owner may have been the husband or may have been the wife, depending upon the situation--and it may be that the wife survives and is one of the unmarried heirs. If you use the existence of this deed as proof someone was dead, clearly explain that reasoning in your notes. Don't just drop dates in your database with no explanation.
Posted by Michael John Neill