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Unclaimed Estates, 1974-2020
Government Legal Department, Bona Vacantia Division
United Kingdom

Published: April 10, 2020
Total records: 8,392

Compiled by: Government Legal Department, Bona Vacantia Division
Acquired from: UK Government website, statistical datasets

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When someone dies in the United Kingdom, and there are no next of kin to make a claim, their estate is transferred to the Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department. The BVD holds on to that estate for at least 30 years waiting for next of kin to file a claim.

If after 30 years, there is no claim, the Government Legal Department can close the estate. All funds in the estate can then be absorbed in the UK's general fund.

All of the estates involved in these cases represent people with significant funds and holdings. Before the estate is transferred to the BVD, any outstanding debts, along with public health funerals, are settled first.

About 90% of persons who die with no next of kin have no money or holdings at all. These estates are never transferred to the BVD. If you are looking for these persons, visit our other database, "Public Health Funerals, (2000-2020)".

Unclaimed Estates Records

Records linked below were acquired from the Government Legal Department, Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) on April 10, 2020. The BVD last updated these records on April 9, 2020. The BVD holds on to these records for at least 30 years. These records include records with dates of death as far back as 1974. To find the latest records, visit the BVD's website.

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