List of 82 unclaimed estates in Bristol you could inherit if you have these surnames - how to claim

Here is the most recent list of unclaimed estates in Bristol and how to make a claim.
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If you have one of these surnames, you could be about to find yourself better off after the Treasury released its updated list of unclaimed estates in Bristol. An unclaimed estate happens when someone has passed away without having an effective will in place, with no family coming forward to make a claim.

It means the deceased’s property will become “ownerless property” and will therefore be in possession of the Crown. But within a 12-year period from when the Crown possesses the estate, family members can come forward if they believe they are entitled to a share of the property.

For unclaimed estates before 1997, the Treasury will allow claims up to 30 years from the date of the person’s death, subject to no interest being paid on the money that is held - if the claim is received after the 12-year period has ended.

Here is the most recent list of unclaimed estates in Bristol and how to make a claim.

Who is entitled to an unclaimed estate?

If someone dies without leaving a valid or effective will the following relatives are entitled to the estate in the following order of priority:

  • Husband, wife or civil partner
  • Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on
  • Mother or father
  • Brothers or sisters who share both the same mother and father, or their children (nieces and nephews)
  • Half brothers or sisters or their children (nieces and nephews of the half blood or their children). ‘Half ’ means they share only one parent with the deceased
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)
  • Half uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins of the half blood or their children). ‘Half’ means they only share one grandparent with the deceased, not both
The offices within the HM Treasury building in Westminster.The offices within the HM Treasury building in Westminster.
The offices within the HM Treasury building in Westminster.

If you are, for example, a first cousin of the deceased, you would only be entitled to share in the estate if there are no relatives above you in the order of entitlement, for example, a niece or nephew.

Surnames of the unclaimed properties in Bristol

  1. Alders
  2. Barry
  3. Banks
  4. Bartlett
  5. Bauknecht
  6. Bidjikian
  7. Black
  8. Bridges
  9. Brown
  10. Bryant
  11. Campbell
  12. Carpenter
  13. Clark
  14. Cleghorn
  15. Clements
  16. Coles
  17. Collins
  18. Courtice
  19. Cromarty
  20. Cullen
  21. Dallas
  22. Davies
  23. Delahunty
  24. Ellis
  25. Faulkner
  26. Foot
  27. Fox
  28. Gaez
  29. Gardner
  30. Grahame
  31. Gwozdzik
  32. Hall
  33. Harvey
  34. Healey
  35. Hirst
  36. Horseman
  37. Hudson
  38. James
  39. Johnston
  40. Jones
  41. King
  42. Kowalski
  43. Leach
  44. Messer
  45. Moore
  46. Morgan
  47. O’Donnell
  48. Panes
  49. Parkhouse
  50. Peterson
  51. Pinder
  52. Pitman-Jone
  53. Reid
  54. Rudge
  55. Ryan
  56. Samuda
  57. Saunders
  58. Savage
  59. Silverthorn
  60. Smith
  61. Staniek
  62. Stevens
  63. Sullivan
  64. Spzak
  65. Talbot
  66. Taylor
  67. Thomas
  68. Turner
  69. Tusus-Platis
  70. Venn
  71. Vieke
  72. Walters
  73. Watkins
  74. Weaver
  75. Whitcher
  76. Whitcombe
  77. Whybrow
  78. Wiglasz
  79. Williams
  80. Wilson
  81. Woodley
  82. Wright

How to claim an unclaimed estate

Anyone who believes they might be entitled to a share of an unclaimed estate should contact the Treasury on the Government website.