Learn more about Scottish Estates and how you can make a claim | Interview on BBC Radio Scotland

Mon 20th Jan 2020

250 unclaimed estates have been announced in Glasgow alone. With Intestacy laws more relaxed in Scotland than in England, this opens up the opportunity to inherit an estate if you are found to have a connection with someone registered on the Bona Vacantia List. 

“In Scotland, the intestacy law is far more generous, so less money needs to go to the Crown. We can pass estates to second cousins, descendants of great uncles and aunts, etcetera, and the  law goes on and on in an effort to stop the money from going to the Crown.” - Daniel Curran, Finders International MD


Almost 250 Unclaimed Estates linked to the City of Glasgow

Thu 16th Jan 2020

When a person dies intestate, and no next of kin can be traced, their property is passed to the crown and becomes what is known as an Unclaimed Estate. New Unclaimed Estates are released weekly through the Bona Vacantia List and with almost 250 unclaimed estates in Glasgow recently being announced, it has generated the interest of many.

Ownerless property means that if you are the eligible next of kin to someone who has died intestate and featured on the list, you could stand to inherit an Estate. This asset could come in the form of money, property, a business, or personal possessions. If these estates go unclaimed, after 30 years have passed, they will then be consigned to the crown.

If you have one of the surnames listed below you may be entitled to an estate.

The full list of estates in Scotland to claim can be found here.

Article Source: This article was first published by Glasgow Live

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