Names that could inherit cash from unclaimed estates in Hull and East Yorkshire - July 2024

Almost 30 Hull estates are currently unclaimed
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The details of more than 30 unclaimed estates of people who died in Hull and East Yorkshire have been revealed by the Treasury, with hundreds of thousands of pounds of inheritance waiting for a rightful heir.

The latest Treasury list shows there are almost 6,000 unclaimed estates across the UK – and 35 of those belong to people who died in Hull and East Yorkshire. It is estimated that around £80m is sat in limbo in Treasury coffers – the government department only advertises estates with a net value of £500 or above.

Unclaimed estates usually occur when the deceased has not left a will or the beneficiaries of the will cannot be traced – and the next of kin, following the rules of intestacy, cannot be located either. Fiona Mainwaring, head of wills and probate at Stafford-based law firm ORJ, said: “There are clear rules in place to distribute an estate to family members when there is no will in place, following a strict order of priority that starts with married or civil partners and ends with half aunts and uncles.

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“If no beneficiaries can be traced, the estate simply sits in limbo until after 30 years it becomes the property of the Crown. With people moving around the world more than ever, it is no surprise that it is sometimes difficult to track down the next of kin.

“The result is these forgotten fortunes sit dormant and are eventually surrendered. The sheer volume of unclaimed estates shows how important it is to have a valid, up-to-date will, along with a named executor, which makes it much easier to divide assets when the time comes."

Fiona Mainwaring, head of wills and probate at Stafford-based law firm ORJ
Fiona Mainwaring, head of wills and probate at Stafford-based law firm ORJ -Credit:orj.co.uk

Fiona said anyone who believes they might have been left something in a will can search the probate records so they know who to contact when the estate is dealt with. “If there is a will, it is possible to get a copy for a nominal fee along with the Grant of Probate, which will include the executor’s contact details,” she said.

“If there is no will and you believe you qualify through the intestacy rules, a copy of the Grant of Letters of Administration can be obtained which will include the Administrators’ details.”

Here is the list of family names of people who died in Hull and East Yorkshire whose estates are unclaimed, as of July 9, 2024. If you think that you might have a claim, visit the Gov.UK website for more information and for further details of the individuals who left the estates.

Beverley

Walker

Bridlington

Barnett

Wilkinson

Cottingham

Britton

Owen

Wardell

Driffield

Dean

East Cowick

Marcusson

East Riding of Yorkshire

McCall (born Driffield)

Holme-on-Spalding Moor

Holdridge

Hull

Abel

Cunningham

Davison

Featherstone

Hale-Smith

Hall

Hallett

Holliday

Johnson

Knowles

Lofthouse

May

McCarthy

McGilvey

Murray

Mythwytch

Petch

Reed

Ribir

Rogers

Shaw

Springfield

Warcup

Ward

Wilson