Heir hunters â€“ be your own heir hunter!
Thousands of people have been intrigued by the “Heir Hunters” programme on TV. The idea of identifying potentially valuable, unclaimed Estates and the exciting chase which subsequently takes place as research is carried out to find out if any beneficiaries exists, keeps us spellbound.
But how can you find out whether or not you may be entitled to benefit from an unclaimed Estate?
The Unclaimed Estates Register, also known as the Bona Vacantia List, is available from the government’s website and allows you to search by the deceased’s surname, date of death or place of death.
If you find someone on that list to whom you feel you may be related, contact a member of the Heir Hunters Association, who will help you to make a claim on the Estate. In order to do this, you’ll need to have proof of your connection through birth, marriage or death certificates and a diagram showing the family tree.
Most individuals on the Bona Vacantia List have left Estates valued in excess of £500 so it may well be worth your while finding out if anything has been left to you.