Chancery money-can you claim?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Reclaiming Mortgage Fees, Council Tax, etc
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caerfaicaerfai Forumite
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Sorry-not sure where to put this post as it is a strange one.
A Will dated 1860 amounting to a vast fortune,was paid out as annuity to relatives and to be passed down the line. In the 1950's people were still receiving the money but when they died the money went into the Treasury. As the as executors were dead-obviously-and tracing relatives was not so simple,the money went to the Chancery unclaimed.
We have the Will and the list of beneficiaries.
I do not think the 30 year rule should apply on this as the Will is quite clear .Who do I write to the Treasury? Someone else tried but got fobbed off it seems!
Thank you.


  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
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    I assume you've read

    You can try writing to them and setting out your case in plain unemotive language and mention all relevant facts. But I doubt you'll get a favourable response.

    If you can get half hour free advice from a solicitor it would be well worth it.
  • GoldiegirlGoldiegirl Forumite
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    I know that with the bona vacantia estates you have to be quite a close relative to the deceased, in order to make a claim.

    The most distant relative they'll consider is a first cousin, or a descendant of the first cousin.

    If you are a second cousin it'd be a no go.
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