Frequently Asked Questions
If you are aware of an estate that is unclaimed or perhaps you think you are a beneficiary to an estate that is currently unclaimed then call us, we can assist.
Who pays for our research?
If you are aware of an estate that is unclaimed and you are concerned that we may charge you for our research rest assured, this is not the case. Speak to one our case assessment team today! If a case is accepted will agree a conditional fee agreement based on any inheritance you or others may receive. In this way you will know we will always receive less than you.
We will of course need to deduct anything we may have had to spend, typically provided probate is not necessary, this is not more than a few hundred pounds. This cost being made up of birth, marriage and death certificates which are required in order to prove any link to you or others to the deceased’s estate.
Unclaimed Estates List
Also referred to as the Bona Vacantia List, this is the list issued by the Treasury Solicitor that details all the names of any estate which is currently unclaimed. Names stay on this list for 12 years, if after 12 years the estate remains unclaimed then any money passes to the Crown. Although it is still possible to reclaim any unclaimed estate money provided less than 30 years has passed. If you recognise a person on the unclaimed list, aka Bona Vacantia List, then call us, we can help. Here is a link to the Bona Vacantia List.