How does an estate become unclaimed?


Essentially there is not enough known about the deceased at the time of death.

In the absence of a family member a death can be registered by  a friend, neighbour or care -home worker. In fact anyone present at the death or who lives in the same house. The  information they have supplied to the registrar can be incorrect and this in turn leads to problems identifying next of kin.

Increasingly we find deaths occurring abroad bringing with them added complications.


What costs are involved?

No genuine probate research company will ever ask for an ‘up-front fee’. Usually a fee is paid to the research company for the successful completion of the work and upon the delivery of a cash entitlement. That fee should be a commission or percentage of the money finally received by the client.  Commission should be  20%-30% depending on how complicated the work.



This only becomes an issue if the deceased died before 1988.


Who is entitled to benefit?

In order of priority-

wife/husband- children- grandchildren- parents -brothers and sisters- nephews and nieces- grandparents-uncles and aunts- children of the uncles and aunts.


What happens if I do nothing?

If  the estate originates from the UK and no beneficaries come forward the estate assets can be claimed by the Crown. Indeed the  Crown can take the interest which has accrued on any unclaimed estate after 12 years from death.


How do I know this is genuine?

Allen Genealogy is not offering a ‘free’ service we ask clients to pay commission.

We will also send potential clients documentation proving our claims and demonstrating our expertise.

Only if you are 100% satisfied would we progress on your behalf.






Terence Allen Senior Researcher


Writer and broadcaster on genealogical matters.

Expertise include dating Victorian photographs.

Established Allen Genealogy

in 1990 with first unclaimed estate.


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