Families in Lancashire could be owed a small fortune in unclaimed estates according to government information.
Millions of pounds of unclaimed inheritance could be waiting to be collected across the county, from families in Burnley, Fleetwood and Preston.
Records kept by Her Majesties Treasury have revealed that there are 32 unclaimed estates with links Lancashire, with some dating back to the old county boundary which included parts of Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
When people die without making a will, they leave behind everything they owned, including money, property, business, cars and land.
If no one comes forward to claim it then the money could disappear into the government’s accounts.
A quick search of the list, which includes 8,300 names, reveals 32 names where the place of birth or place of death are linked to Lancashire.
Some of the records also reveal whether the deceased had children or relatives when they died, giving some indication as to who their direct descendants could be.
Details of the value of each estate haven’t been published, but if you recognise any of the names on the list you could be in for a significant windfall.
How can I collect an unclaimed estate?
There is a 30 year time limit for any estate to be claimed after the death of the person who leaves it behind after that it can be passed on to the keeping of the British government.
To make a claim you have to be ‘entitled’ to claim the estate by being related to the person who died.
Once you have established if you are able to make a claim all you need to do is send a family tree that shows how you are related to the person whose estate you are trying to claim.
To check the database yourself and make a claim, visit the government website here.
Who is entitled to collect an unclaimed estate?
If a person dies without leaving a will the following people are entitled to claim the estate:
Here is the list of the 32 people who have died with links to Lancashire
In some instances the birth or death locations are in old Lancashire, with some areas of Greater Manchester and Cheshire included.
First names and surnames have been provided (with maiden names where relevant) as well as the date and place of birth, followed by the date and place of death.
Alan Allen // 29/08/1938 (Burnley) // 06/01/1999 (Sheffield) - these records indicate that Alan may have had four daughters and a brother who were still living when he passed.
Harold Joseph Barber // 25/05/1918 (Gorton) // 26/05/1992 (Halifax) - the government hold a copy of a birth certificate for Gordon William John Barber who was born on September 20, 1944 in the Registration District of Surrey South Eastern.
Winifred Barratt (Bradshaw) // 06/02/1935 (Fleetwood) // 25/02/2018 (Wormley, Surrey)
Deborah Bibby // 14/03/1967 (Barnoldswick) // 25/02/2020 (England)
Marjorie Dorothy Brannen (Banks) // 12/03/1920 (Morecambe) // 18/10/2004 (Welwyn Garden City) - The Division holds a marriage certificate which shows that Marjorie married on May 7 1965 in the registration district of South Shields in Durham.
Percy Baynham Broadhead // 21/01/1940 (Preston) // 19/07/2018 (Abergavenny, Gwent)
Margaret Ann Brooks // 20/07/1950 (Eccles) // 17/06/2020 (Llandudno Conwy)
Christine Brown // 17/12/1941 // (Liverpool) // 15/10/2017 // (Southampton)
James Vincent Burke // 31/07/1922 (Accrington) // 02/07/2007 (Smethwick, West Midlands)
Dorothy Olga Frances Clayton // 15/11/1926 (Warrington) // 07/01/1991 (Bournemouth)
John Henry Collins // 13/03/1925 (Fleetwood) // 10/06/2004 (Bristol)
Ian Joseph Dawson // 28/06/1944 (Burnley) // 04/11/1998 (Sutton)
Dianne Gerrard // 25/02/1968 (Oldham) // 28/02/2005 (Worksop, Nottinghamshire)
Andrew Peter Gibson // 20/05/1951 (Oldham) // 30/11/2013 (Worthing, West Sussex)
Matthew Paul Houlton // 24/07/1976 (Manchester) // 20/12/2003 (Blackpool)
Margaret Hughes // 22/12/1953 (Kendal, Cumbria) // 14/04/2018 (Lancaster, Lancashire)
Alice Lowe // 17/09/1925 (Lancashire) // 27/01/2013 (Orpington, Kent)
Agnes Maloney // Incorrect date of birth (Broughton, Preston) // 23/04/1993 (Manchester)
Phyllis Noble // 16/06/1927 (Lancashire) // 12/09/2012 (Basildon, Essex)
John Nurse // 03/07/1923 (Rochdale) // 31/07/2004 (Tollerton, Nottinghamshire)
Patrick William O'Connor // 18/06/1927 (Preston) // 13/12/2000 (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)
Derek Partington / 01/11/1933 (Blackpool) // 20/08/2011 (Taunton, Somerset)
Gordon Ponting // 16/11/1930 (Bolton) // 17/12/2004 (Leicester)
Hilda Florence Rigby // 19/04/1905 (Lancashire) // 10/02/1992
Peter Wharton\Rooke // 11/08/1945 (Carlisle, Cumbria) // 28/01/2004 (Barnoldswick)
Alvis Sheila Ryder-Brittain // 19/11/1937 (Lancashire) // 15/01/2014 (New Southgate, London)
Jennifer Margaret Sharp // 27/04/1946 (Rochdale) // 05/09/2015 (Croydon, Surrey)
Peter Allan Talbot // 30/12/1946 (Bury) // 10/03/2014 (Colwyn Bay)
Elizabeth White // 26/12/1927 (Lancashire) // 19/06/2007 (Luton, Bedfordshire)
Josef Willmitzer // Unknwon // 17/04/1998 (Carlisle)
Frederick Joseph Yates // 25/07/1922 (Stretford) // 07/07/2008 (Camden) - Records indicate that Frederick died as a bachelor.
Valerie Ann Greaves // 10/12/1940 (Blackpool) // 03/11/2005 (Hammersmith, London)
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