Figures obtained from the UK government’s treasury solicitor shows 7,090 estates remain unclaimed, analysis from Investing Reviews shows.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the median amount of inheritance received by individuals is £11,000.
The list of unclaimed estates held by the Treasury Solicitor was last updated on January 18, 2022.
Records published by the Treasury have revealed that there are 16 unclaimed estates with links to Lancashire.
Every year hundreds of people in the UK die without a will, leaving behind their property, money and other possessions as unclaimed estates.
If a blood relative cannot be found, and the dead person’s assets are worth more than £500, their estate will pass to the Crown.
Long lost relatives of the deceased people – potential heirs to their estate – have 30 years to make a claim to the Bona Vacantia division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department, which keeps the assets in limbo on behalf of the Crown.
How to check the list and make a claim
The full list of unclaimed estates in England and Wales is here.The BVD handles unclaimed estates in England and Wales, except where the estate is held by the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster – that’s if the estate is in Cornwall or the historic county palatine of Lancaster
Anyone who thinks they have a claim can send in a family tree showing how they are related to the person who died, including the dates of birth, marriage and death of all those on the tree.
The BVD will then ask for extra documentary evidence if they think they may be entitled to a claim.
Here is the full list for people with links to Lancashire with their date of birth:
Alan Allen, 29/08/1938, born Burnley
Winifred Barratt, 06/02/1935, born Fleetwood
Deborah Bibby, 14/03/1967, died Barnoldswick
Marjorie Dorothy Brannen, 12/03/1920, born Morecambe
Percy Baynham Broadhead, 21/01/1940, born Preston
James Vincent Burke, 31/07/1922, born Accrington
John Henry Collins, 13/03/1925, born Fleetwood
Ian Joseph Dawson, 28/06/1944, born Burnley
Eric Howarth, 05/02/1948, born Colne
Margaret Hughes, 22/12/1953, died Lancaster
Patrick William O'Connor, 18/06/1927, born Preston
Derek Partington, 01/11/1933, born Blackpool
Hilda Florence Rigby, 19/04/1905, born Lancashire (no town given)
Peter Wharton Rooke, 11/08/1945, died Barnoldswick
Alvis Shelia Ryder-Brittain, 19/11/1937, born Lancashire (no town given)
Elizabeth White, 26/12/1927, born Lancashire (no town given)