25 Merseyside surnames that could be entitled to a fortune in unclaimed estates

There are thousands of potential fortunes waiting to be claimed in the UK
There are thousands of potential fortunes waiting to be claimed in the UK -Credit:Shared Content Unit

Families across Merseyside could be sitting on unclaimed fortunes left behind by relatives who died without leaving a will.

Across the UK, there are countless unclaimed cash pots gathering dust and you could check if you're eligible. Each year, the HM Treasury releases details regarding unclaimed estates, including particulars like names, birthplaces, and places of death.

When an individual dies without leaving a will, all their possessions - from cash to property - become what's known as their "estate." This means that there may be people in Merseyside waiting unknowingly for a potentially life-altering inheritance.

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Estates from people without a will include everything that person owns - this can include their money, businesses, cars and property. There are several relations that are eligible to make a claim on the estate (listed in order of priority):

  • Husband, wife or civil partner

  • Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on

  • Mother or father

  • Brothers or sisters who share both the same mother and father, or their children (nieces and nephews)

  • Half brothers or sisters or their children

  • Uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)

Here is the list of family names of people in Merseyside whose estates remain unclaimed. This information uses the latest Unclaimed Estates List, published on April 19, 2024:

  • Birch

  • Brown

  • Cameron

  • Clark

  • Crisp

  • Duval

  • Howarth

  • Jennings

  • Littlewood

  • Lynch

  • Matthews

  • Montigo

  • Morris

  • O'Brien

  • Owen

  • Pahis

  • Parent

  • Patterson

  • Roberts

  • Sage

  • Shaw

  • Stanford

  • Taylor

  • Thomas

  • Walsh

Unclaimed estates must be claimed within 30 years of the person's death. If you think you are eligible to claim, all you need to do is prove it with a family tree - more information is available HERE.

If you are in any doubt about your entitlement to claim the estate, you should either seek your own legal advice or send a family tree, including the dates of death of family members on it, to bvestates@governmentlegal.gov.uk

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