Unclaimed Estates in the UK

It’s a common daydream to fantasise about being the unknowing recipient of a substantial windfall from a far‑removed relative, receiving a grand sum for simply sharing blood with a recently deceased person of wealth.


And yet, this daydream may not be as uncommon as you think, with hundreds of estates going unclaimed in the UK every year. Combined with the simple process of checking for estate entitlement, and huge sums on offer, you might well be entitled to a substantial windfall.

To demonstrate the sheer number of unclaimed estates in the UK, we have put together this helpful infographic revealing the ever‑growing figures. Additionally, we explain the process of claiming an estate when you believe you have a case, and explore some of the more startling inheritance stories.

Unclaimed Estates Infographic

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