Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I find unclaimed money or estates?
A. One way is to search our site for surnames of people that might be related to you. You will then need to do some research or ask an heir hunter or probate genealogist to prove whether or not you have a claim on the estate or unclaimed money.
Q. What do I do if I think I am entitled to an estate?
A. Firstly are you sure? - Check your facts! Does the deceased's name, date of death, place of death etc. match what you know about your family tree? Any claim on an estate must be backed up with supporting documentation. You must not only prove that you are a relative of the deceased, you must prove that there are no other beneficiaries that have a greater claim on the estate than you. If you genuinely believe you have a legitimate claim you can contact the Treasury directly or use our contact page to contact an heir hunter.
Q. How do I prove I have a claim?
A. To be entitled to inherit you must prove that you are the deceased's next of kin or one of their next of kin. The treasury has a diagram of entitled relatives here. Remember though that even if your are a blood relative there may be more closely related kin or there could be a number of people with an equal claim. The relevant branches of the deceased's family tree must be researched to prove who is entitled to inherit. This will involve obtaining birth, death and marriages certificates ann any other supporting documentation. You may wish to use the services of a professional probate genealogist to support and submit your claim for you.
Q. How much will I get if I am entitled?
A. Unless the value of an estate is published then you will not know how much you are entitled to inherit. If there are other relatives with an equal claim on the estate then it will be shared amongst them so the amount you will receive may not be the full value of the estate.
Q. Where can I find more information?
A. More information and helpful links can be found on our resources pages.
Q. How can I research my family tree?
A. Tracing your family tree can be fascinating and fun and there are lots of resources available to help you with your research. Take a look at our resources page for more helpful links.