Widow or heirs of aliens; right to land.
The widow and heirs of aliens, who have prior to March 16, 1889, acquired lands in this state under the laws thereof, may hold such lands by devise or descent for a period of ten years and no longer, and if at the end of such time such lands, so acquired, have not been sold to a bona fide purchaser for value, such lands or other interest therein shall revert and escheat to the State of Nebraska. It shall be the duty of the county attorney in the counties where such lands are situated to enforce forfeitures of all such lands or other interests therein as provided by section 76-408.
Source:Laws 1889, c. 58, § 1, p. 483; R.S.1913, § 6273; Laws 1921, c. 142, § 1, p. 608; C.S.1922, § 5687; C.S.1929, § 76-502; Laws 1939, c. 97, § 1, p. 417; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 76-502; R.S.1943, § 76-403.
For constitutional provisions, see Article I, section 25, Constitution of Nebraska.
Sections governing escheat must be construed together and effect given to each if possible. Semrad v. Semrad, 170 Neb. 911, 104 N.W.2d 338 (1960).
Nonresident alien heirs do not acquire the legal title to the land, cannot take or hold the land, and cannot enforce possession of the land. State ex rel. Toop v. Thomas, 103 Neb. 147, 170 N.W. 839 (1919).