I have been solely caring for my relative until she became completely immobile. At that point, i had to get her put into a nursing home. Upon her passing, she did not process a will or dpoa(durable power of attorney) or anything else. I know that whatever was owned in her name is said to go to her heirs. However i was wondering if there was any exception to that rule considering the heirs have not even seen nor spoken to her in at least the past 40 years. I had uprooted myself and my family from another state and came to help her when she called me. My family and i have cared for her for 10 years including the two years she was in the nursing home. To add to that, i have also been her legal guardian for those 10 years as well. Would that information be of importance as to where her assets would go? and is there any circumstance or law in which her assets would not go to her next of kin (heirs).