Unfortunately, when someone dies without a planned will or without known family, their property becomes abandoned and passes to the Treasury – also known as “bona vacantia.”
This can be any type of property, such as buildings, money or personal possessions.
If you have a deceased relative and these circumstances arise after their death, you may be entitled to a share of the deceased relative’s assets or “estate.”
Normally, estates on the Bona Vacantia List can be claimed within a period of 12 years from the date on which the estate became the property of the Crown.
Previously unclaimed land in North Yorkshire for 2023
Enter your name below to see if you could be eligible for an estate:
To make a claim, check that the estate is registered with the Crown, ensure you are an eligible relative and make a claim against the estate. For more information, please contact the government website.
Who can claim an unclaimed estate?
If you want to make a claim on someone’s estate, you need to know whether you are entitled to it as a relative. You must be related as:
- Husband, wife or life partner
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on
- mother or father
- Brothers or sisters who both have the same mother and father, or their children (nieces and nephews)
- Half-brothers or half-sisters or their children (nieces and nephews of the half-blood or their children). “Half” means they only share one parent with the deceased
- Uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)
- Half-uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins of the half-blood or their children). “Half” means they only share one grandparent with the deceased, not both
Evidence you need to claim an unclaimed estate
The government website states that you will be asked to submit a family tree with your relationship and two forms of identification:
- one with your name
- One with your name and address, dated within the last three months
If you have a relative who is on the unclaimed estate list, you may also be asked to send birth, death or marriage certificates.
It is important to note that the Treasury list is updated daily and posted on the government website and the information is publicly available.
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