Un­claimed es­tates may be worth a for­tune to rel­a­tives

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

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.

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