The Bona Vacantia Division (BVD) of the Government Legal Department (GLD), the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall & in Scotland The Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer. Formerly referred to as the Treasury Solicitor ‘Tsol’ in England & Wales
Referring Cases to the BVD – a pointless exercise?
The GLD changed their rules in April 2016 so that anyone referring an apparently Bona Vacantia Estate to them would can no longer expect the GLD to do anything to help them other than placing a simple online advertisement. If next of kin are found, the case will be coming straight back to your desk!
Finders International offer you a free next of kin tracing service which often results in next of kin being found with 24 hours. Even if you are aware of a possible family member but cannot locate them, we can still assist, again at no cost to you.
Whether you are working within the deputyship team, client financial affairs, environmental health, empty homes or otherwise charged with potentially arranging a Public Health Act funeral, our family tracing services can be invaluable. The kin found may also pay for and arrange a funeral saving you further time and money.
We keep you closely informed and are happy to take on cases where there is no value to the estate. Research is still carried out to the highest standards, promptly and effectively.
The GLD website states:
“Once the referral has been received, BVD will aim to add, within five working days, details of the estate to its unclaimed list to enable executors or entitled relatives to come forward and for BVD to give up the Crown’s interests in the estate. Is evidence is received that BVD has no interest in the estate they will return the referral papers to you, and the executor or entitled relative (or their representative) will be advised that they have done so.”
Effectively you could now be completing laborious searches and filing information in the belief that the GLD will take this matter of your hands permanently. Contact us for further information.