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ESCHEATOR. The name of an officer whose duties are generally to ascertain what escheats have taken place, and to prosecute the claim of the commonwealth for the purpose of recovering the escheated property. Vide 10 Vin. Ab. 158.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In the recent past, a former lawyer with the state's attorney general's office and a former Delaware state escheator have gone to work for Kelmar Associates after retiring from the state.
"at which the manor is extended by John Peyto the younger, escheator" for the manor of Kingsland (Herefordshire) until the lawful age of the Mortimer heir.
of array, escheator or tax collector, together with those who were recorded
Both Baillie and Bergsagel suggest that he was a retiring figure and perhaps infirm; this assumption was based on the lack of evidence of his movements in later life, and on a royal exemption of 1538, which excused him from 'serving on juries and from being made escheator, coroner, collector of taxes, constable, or other officer'.(42) In fact, members of religious foundations were normally exempt from serving in certain public offices.
Not only was Lucy an idiot but she was brought before by an escheator to a panel that consisted of people from her neighbourhood who knew her and her history to see if she was able to comprehend the proceedings and if not, whether she had spells of normal comprehension.
Where the records of the holder available for the periods subject to this chapter are insufficient to permit the preparation of a report, the State Escheator may require the holder to report and pay to the State the amount of abandoned or unclaimed property that should have been but was not reported that the State Escheator reasonably estimates to be due and owing on the basis of any available records of the holder or by any other reasonable method of estimation.
George does not appear to have enjoyed any discernible favor directly from Elizabeth, but he suffered no ostensible retaliation either, and in fact he enjoyed the office of Escheator in Hertford and Essex in 1567.