Unclaimed estates may be worth a fortune to relatives
TWO unassociated Bristol men died on the same day, leaving behind unclaimed estates that could be worth a fortune to an unknown relative.
Clifford Samuel Leach and Kenneth Morris both passed away on January 23 this year.
Mr Leach died in Shirehampton , four days shy of his 81st birthday. Born in Poland, Mr Leach had no known spouse, family or will.
Mr Morris died in Weston-superMare aged 90 and also didn’t leave a will and has no known family. Born in Bristol, he was a widower having been married to Barbara Morris.
With no known relatives or wills, their estates – including money, property, and personal possessions – were passed to the Crown as unowned property, or ‘bona vacantia’.
Mr Leach and Mr Morris’s estates have been publicly listed by the government legal department to give entitled relatives a chance to stake a rightful claim.
If the deceased has not left a will, a spouse or civil partner, and then any children, have first claim to the estate.
If none of these exists, anyone descended from a grandparent of the person is entitled to a share.
Claims in England and Wales are handled by the government legal department – except in the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster, where they are handled by Farrer and Co.
Also on the list is Geoffrey Gerald Pearce, who died in Bath on April 14.