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Unclaimed Estate List in Birmingham

Unclaimed Estate List in Birmingham

700 Unclaimed Estates in Birmingham

It is quite common to read stories about people across the UK who have inherited sums of money from relatives they didn't know they had. Often these sums are quite low and go totally unnoticed, but there are some which draw attention for the large sums they pass on to the individuals.

Unfortunately, it never seems to be you. Well, this time could be different as there are Unclaimed Estates in Birmingham waiting to be taken by a rightful heir.

According to the Birmingham Live, there are currently over 700 unclaimed estates in Birmingham from people with a connection to the city. This can include birth, death or any other connection in Birmingham. This leaves the potential of 700 people in Birmingham, or with family connections to the area, being the rightful heir to an Unclaimed Estate.

Government Unclaimed Estate List

If you have a family surname which matches to the names listed on the Bona Vacantia list, you could be entitled to make a claim. The Bona Vacantia List is the Government Unclaimed Estate List in the UK, used to advertise every case of unclaimed inheritance.

The term Bona Vacantia literally translates to have goods with no known owner. Estates appear on the Governments Unclaimed Estates list when a person dies without making a will or having any known relatives.

The estates of Betty Bennett, who died in Birmingham in January, and Carol Diane Crawford Griffin, who died in September of this year, are among the most recent cases to be added to the estates list.

According to Danny Curran, the Managing Director of Finders International said: “These 700 estates are waiting to be claimed from the government, who are sitting on the fortunes of over ten thousand people across the UK.”

Any individual can check the Central Probate Registry to see if any next of kin are on the unclaimed list. Entitled relatives have up to 12 years to claim an estate, this can be extended to 30 years if certain circumstances are established.

The number of cases on the Bona Vacantia list has seen a sharp increase over the past few years after government cutbacks meaning there is no longer a search for a Will before an unclaimed estate is publicly listed.

Danny Curran last year explained that this inexpensive search will save a lot of wasted time when searching for next of kin.

He added: “Valid wills exist for approximately one in every five cases currently being advertised by the Government as intestacies.

If you believe you could be the rightful heir to an unclaimed estate contact a member of our team to discuss your case.

This article was originally published in the Daily Record.