Berkshire news 83 estates of people who died in Berks still waiting to be claimed MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Dozens of estates of people who died in Berkshire still need to be claimed, new research shows. An estate - usually made up of money, property, or personal effects - is passed to the Crown when somebody with no written will, or any known family, dies. Relations then have the right to make a claim for a share of the estate. The time limit to make a claim is 30 years, so some of the unclaimed estates in Berkshire date back years. If an estate is still unclaimed after that time, it becomes permanent property of the Crown and the Treasury. There were 83 unclaimed estates belonging to people from Berkshire as of October 15 - and six have been added to the list kept by the Government so far this year. Read More Related Articles Latest Berkshire coronavirus area breakdown as more than 180 new cases recorded Read More Related Articles Marlow pub attack sees man knocked out and left with fractured skull Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox These were: Edmond Bruce Conry-Halley, born on January 19, 1948, in , who died on February 25, 2020, in Reading Peter James Rawle, born on April 8, 1945, in England, who died on January 13, 2020, in Reading Gifford Hugh Jones, born on February 18, 1935, in England, who died on December 26, 2019, in Slough. Patricia Debby Fitzgerald, born on June 29, 1957, in Park Royal, London, who died on October 8, 2019, in Slough. Jonathan Clive Turner, born on March 31, 1968, in Stone, Staffordshire, who died on January 15, 2003, in Reading. Keith Baptiste, born on November 19, 1960, in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, who died on May 28, 2018, in Slough. Five others relate to deaths in Ascot and 21 are connected to deaths in Slough. Two are in Bracknell while six are in Maidenhead, three are in Newbury and 29 are in Reading. Three others are in Sandhurst and four are in Windsor. Several others do not have specific geography within Berkshire attached to their cases. The list of unclaimed estates is held by the government's Bona Vacantia Division and updated daily. Those date back as far as June 16, 1974, when Bradford-born William James Grant Barker, 64, died in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
. Forbes Solicitors - specialists in wills and estates - analysed the list, and estimated that, with an average value of £150,000 per estate, £1.2 billion could be waiting to be claimed.
Tom Howcroft, Partner at Forbes Solicitors, said: “Some people might not know that they are sitting on a goldmine. These 8,000 people will have relatives, somewhere - they just need to be found. “Wherever you are in the country, there are millions of pounds sitting unclaimed. A lot of potential beneficiaries don’t claim because they think it would be a difficult task, but we try to make the process as seamless as we possibly can.” If the person has left no will, their spouse or children have the first claim on their estate. In the event of no spouse or children, any person who is directly descended from a grandparent of the deceased has the right to make a claim for a share of the estate. This includes siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Claim seekers who are related to the person via marriage are not entitled to claim for the estate. Adopted relatives have the same rights and stake to a claim of an estate as blood relatives, and vice versa – only the adoptive family can make a claim on the estate if the person who died was adopted, and adopted people have no rights to the estate of any of their original birth family. However, someone who is not a direct relative may still be able to put in a claim for a grant from the estate - for example, if they lived with or cared for the deceased. To prove a claim on an estate, a claimant will have to show a family tree highlighting the relationship with the deceased and two pieces of identification. Birth, marriage, or death certificates may also be required.
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