Due to the nature of our work we often come across estates where no one wants to take on the responsibility of costly research. This can happen because although you may have known the person that has died, he or she may not have made a will and it may may be that you are not entitled to receive any part of the estate. This can also occur in scenarios where the estate is relatively small and extensive research will be so costly that there would be nothing left for others. There would be no way for you or the estate to recover any money that you have paid out! Rest assured we can still help.
In such cases we are still able to offer a solution, we are able to offer a direct referral to Fleetwood Heir Hunting Services Ltd (Fleetwood). Fleetwood offer a complete heir hunting service, from tracing relatives right through to making a claim to the Treasury Solicitor for any estate deemed to be Bona Vacantia. If you are an Executor or Solicitor not wishing to use estate funds to trace family members, Fleetwood can help you trace relatives or find heirs.
Bona Vacantia Estates
In cases where a deceased person has no known next of kin or no will and no surviving relatives the estate will be classed as Bona Vacantia (Vacant goods). It will be added to a public list for 30 years until the estate ultimately passes to the Crown. If you are a solicitor in need of assistance, Fleetwood professional heir-hunters can help, simply call IWC to be referred. Fleetwood can trace lost relatives of the deceased to find the rightful heirs of the unclaimed estate at no cost to you or the estate you are dealing with.
Unclaimed Estates Register
If you have searched the Unclaimed Estates Register or the Vacant Goods List and your search returns a positive result and you know you are related to the person detailed, you may be entitled to a share of the deceased`s estate. The experienced team at Fleetwood can help you make a claim for a lost inheritance to the Treasury Solicitor.
Why Have Heir Hunters contacted you
We have all seen the BBC program; imagine going about your everyday business when you`re contacted and informed you could be in line to receive an undisclosed amount of money, from a long lost relative you knew nothing about. It`s a dream come true, therefore, it`s only natural to be a little sceptical.
If you`ve Been Contacted by another Heir Hunter
Don`t let your excitement get the better of you. Some will force you to sign a contract giving away anything up to 40% of your inheritance. They also use scare tactics, `the government will take the money if it is not claimed.` The real fact is, it is the Crown that takes the money but they do not keep it unless 30 years have passed. The chances are the person has only recently passed away. So there is no reason to be rushed. After all, they will have found details of this so called lost relative on a publicly accessible government website.
Do not act in haste, a little research may save you thousands; If you know the name of the deceased and you are among other family members Fleetwood can probably handle your claim for a much lower fee; call IWC free on 0800 612 6105 to be referred.