One morning last year, when Bryan Bashin sat down to check his email, a peculiarly short note caught his attention.
"A businessman has passed away. I think you might want to talk to us," it read.
Bashin directs a nonprofit in San Francisco called the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, so he gets a lot of email about donations. But this one felt different. It came from a group of lawyers handling the estate of a Seattle businessman who had died, Donald Sirkin.