List of 9 unclaimed estates in Edinburgh you could inherit if you have these surnames - how to claim

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The Treasury has published the April list of unclaimed estates in Edinburgh which you could inherit if you have a matching surname.

The Treasury has published its list of 9 unclaimed estates in Edinburgh, and you could be in line to inherit. All you need to do to be in with a chance is check for a corresponding last name.

All estates on the list are currently ‘ownerless’ since no member of the family has come forward to claim it. An unclaimed estate is put in place after a person passes away without a sufficient will and no family coming forward to claim it. As long as no family claims, the deceased person’s property will become ‘ownerless property’ and remain in possession of the Crown.

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Estates can still be claimed within a 12-year period from when the Crown assumes possession of it. Any relative of the deceased can claim if they believe they are entitled to a share of the property.

So, which surname could mean you are entitled to an unclaimed estate? Here’s the full official list of Edinburgh unclaimed estates.

Who is entitled to an unclaimed estate?

If someone dies without leaving a valid or effective will the following relatives are entitled to the estate in the order shown below:

1.Husband, wife or civil partner

2. children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on

3. Mother or father

 According to the Treasury, the unclaimed estates might be any form of property, including buildings, money, or personal possessions. According to the Treasury, the unclaimed estates might be any form of property, including buildings, money, or personal possessions.
According to the Treasury, the unclaimed estates might be any form of property, including buildings, money, or personal possessions. | Pexels

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

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5. Half brothers or sisters or their children (nieces and nephews of the half blood or their children). ‘Half ’ means they share only one parent with the deceased

6. Grandparents

7. Uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)

8. Half uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins of the half blood or their children). ‘Half’ means they only share one grandparent with the deceased, not both

Cousins can claim an estate if there is no one above them in the order of relatives.

Surnames of the unclaimed properties in Edinburgh

You can find full details of 9 unclaimed estates on the website.

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