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When someone dies without leaving a will

If someone dies without making a will, they are said to have died 'intestate'. If this happens, the law sets out who should deal with the deceased's affairs and who should inherit their estate (property, personal possessions and money).

What to do if there is no will

It can take a long time to deal with estates that don't have a will – months or even years in some very complex cases.  For advice on getting expert help from a solicitor, who can deal with the deceased person's estate and who inherits it, please see: Directgov – What to do if there is no willthis external link will open in a new window

What happens if there are no known relatives

When a person has died without leaving a will and without known entitled relatives, the ownerless property by law passes to the Crown. The Treasury Solicitor represents the Crown in dealing with these estates.  The legal name for ownerless property is bona vacantia which means ‘vacant goods'.  If you think you have a claim to an ownerless property, or need advice on referring a case to the Treasury, find out what to do by visiting: Directgov – Ownerless property (bona vacantia)this external link will open in a new window

Intestate cases in Cumbria

The Estates Group within the Bona Vacantia Division of the Treasury Solicitor deals with persons who die without leaving a will or any entitled kin. If the deceased's last permanent address was in England & Wales, excluding the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster then the Treasury Solicitor is the Crown's nominee for dealing with the estate.  this external link will open in a new windowDetails of Unclaimed Bona Vacantia Estates in England and Wales can be found at http://www.data.gov.uk/dataset/bona-vacantia-estates-advertisementsthis external link will open in a new window; this will take you straight to the information you may require and includes any information about cases referred by the County Council.

Further Information

If you would like more information about the estates listed below the Estates Group within the Bona Vacantia Division of the Treasury Solicitor's Office deals with persons who die without leaving a will or any entitled kin.  If the deceased's last permanent address was in England & Wales, excluding the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster then the Treasury Solicitor is the Crown's nominee for dealing with the estate.  Any enquiries can be addressed to the Treasury Solicitor's Office at the following address:

Treasury Solicitor's Office (BV), One Kemble Street, London WC2B 4TS 

Tel: 020 7210 4700  Fax: 020 7210 3104

Email thetreasurysolicitor@tsol.gsi.gov.uk