The surnames that could inherit a fortune from 55 unclaimed estates in Nottingham

There are 55 unclaimed estates in NottinghamThere are 55 unclaimed estates in Nottingham
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There are 55 unclaimed estates belonging to people who died in Nottingham

The latest Treasury list shows there are almost 6,000 unclaimed estates across the UK, with 55 of those belonging to people who died in Nottingham.

Law firm ORJ has put together a list of Nottingham surnames that could be traced to the dozens of unclaimed estates. 

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It’s estimated that around £80 million is sat in limbo in Treasury coffers as a direct result of unclaimed estates across the UK. 

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Unclaimed estates usually occur when the deceased has not left a will or the beneficiaries of the will cannot be traced – and the next of kin, following the rules of intestacy, cannot be found either.

The surnames for unclaimed estates in Nottingham include Jaskulski, Tyers, Asafat, Bedford, Benner, Boyd, Brailsford, Brown, Conroy, Cope and Czolij.

Fiona Mainwaring, Head of Wills and Probate at Stafford-based law firm ORJ, said: “There are clear rules in place to distribute an estate to family members when there is no will in place, following a strict order of priority that starts with married or civil partners and ends with half aunts and uncles.

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“If no beneficiaries can be traced, the estate simply sits in limbo until after 30 years it becomes the property of The Crown.

“With people moving around the world more than ever, it is no surprise that it is sometimes difficult to track down the next of kin. 

“The result is these forgotten fortunes sit dormant and are eventually surrendered.

“The sheer volume of unclaimed estates shows how important it is to have a valid, up-to-date will, along with a named executor, which makes it much easier to divide assets when the time comes.”

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Anyone who believes they might have been left something in a will can search the probate records so they know who to contact when the estate is dealt with.

Ms Mainwaring added: “If there is a will, it is possible to get a copy for a nominal fee along with the Grant of Probate, which will include the executor’s contact details.

“If there is no will and you believe you qualify through the intestacy rules, a copy of the Grant of Letters of Administration can be obtained which will include the Administrators’ details.”

More details on the estates and how to make a claim can be found here.

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