Was sipping coffee tonight, and reading another site’s blog post. The film “Cast Away” had come up, where . . . [spoiler warning]
Tom Hanks is rescued after being marooned for over four years. During that time, and given the accident, he was legally declared dead and his wife had moved on. He’s returned to the U.S., and starts a new life . . . presumably with his original identity.
My question is this: There are probably cases around where folks have just disappeared due to accidents or simple estrangement, and declared legally dead by a Court (say, a U.S. county court, since I suspect they mostly deal with estates of the deceased).
If I were to back walk into town after a four-year whimsically unannounced-tour of the Himalayas, and found I was considered dead and lost, how would I legally come back to life? What would happen to my estate after they divvied up my baseball card cpllection to my heirs? Would I have to file for a second birth certificate–are there even ‘resurrection’ certificates?
No, I’m not planning anything. It’s purely an academic question.