At Unclaimed Estates, we have a professional probate genealogists team who research the family tree of the deceased in order to find entitled relatives in return for a percentage of the estate's value. Unfortunately, we are not always successful. People often lose touch with their relatives or are unaware of the existence of relative that has died so it could be possible that there's an unclaimed inheritance that you are entitled to.
Heir Hound is a free service that allows you to create surname alerts so in the event of the details of an unclaimed estate being released that match your alerts we'll send you an email message informing you. You can specify as many surnames as you like so if you have already researched some of your family trees you can enter all the surnames in your tree to help you find unclaimed inheritance you could be entitled to.
In the UK in the event that a person dies intestate - without leaving a will - it is not always clear who should inherit the deceased's estate and assets.
If the deceased's next of kin is unknown and cannot be traced then eventually the estate will pass to the Crown. Before this, however, the Treasury advertises these estates in the hope that an entitled relative or relatives may be found.
The list of Unclaimed Estates is known as the Bona Vacantia, translated from Latin to mean vacant goods. This is where all known Unclaimed Estates are published.
Unclaimed Inheritance figures are not published alongside the estate as a matter of practice. The value of unclaimed inheritance available from an estate can range from a few thousand up into the hundreds of thousands on a case by case basis. Regardless of the amount owed, if you are the entitled heir to an estate you will receive the full amount, or a share if you have the equal right as others. For more information on the value of unclaimed estates read our recent blog.
Please note we have no affiliation with the BBC 'Heir Hunters' series.