Devon Live : If you share one of these Devon surnames you could be in line to inherit a fortune

Details of almost 200 unclaimed inheritance estates have been released by the Government in the hope that distant relatives might claim them.

They are people who either died in Devon or were originally from the county but passed away without any next of kin laying claim to their belongings or property.

If nobody steps forward, they are eventually handed over to the Crown permanently.

The latest official list of unclaimed estates – which was updated today – reveals thousands across the country.

Anyone with the same surname as someone on the list can make a claim.

The full list contains more information – such as marital status, spouses, aliases and maiden names – all of which can help you identify a long-lost deceased relative.

The Government is currently taking care of the estates because the deceased passed away without making a will or with no next of kin.

The money and property in the estates will revert to the Crown permanently if they remain unidentified.

According to Finders International – a specialist probate genealogist team – family members and heirs have 12 years to claim an estate once it has been reported unclaimed to the Crown. If you think that you might be the rightful heir to one of the estates listed you can find out how to make a claim for that estate here.

The list has seen a sharp increase in numbers over the past few years because Government cuts mean there is no search for a will before an unclaimed estate is added to the list.

See the full list below

SurnamePlace of Death
AdamsYelverton, Devon
AndrewMoretonhampstead, Devon
AylesSouth Molton, Devon
BaberTorquay, Devon
BakerPlymouth, Devon
BarnesPaignton, Devon
BennettCrediton, Devon
BirarDevon or Somerset
BrannanPaignton, Devon
BriggsExeter, Devon
BrownTorbay, Devon
BrownNewton Abbot, Devon
BryczekNewton Abbot, Devon
BuckinghamTiverton, Devon
BurkittTeignbridge, Devon
CartlidgePlymouth, Devon
CastledeneTorquay, Devon
ChaietTorbay, Devon
ClarkPlymouth, Devon
ClarkeBrixham, Devon
ClaytonPlymouth, Devon
ClementsExeter, Devon
CohenPlymouth, Devon
ColeTavistock, Devon
ColeExeter, Devon
ColesTorquay, Devon
CollinsExeter, Devon
CollinsTorquay, Devon
CowanTorquay, Devon
CowleyExeter, Devon
CrowtherTeignbridge, Devon
CutlandTavistock, Devon
DakinTeignbridge, Devon
DaveyPlymouth, Devon
DaveyPlymouth, Devon
DaviesPlymouth, Devon
DaviesBarnstaple, Devon
DawesPlymouth, Devon
DawsonTorquay, Devon
DeakinTorquay, Devon
DickinsonTorquay, Devon
DrewPaington, Devon
ElliotTorquay, Devon
FedakTorquay, Devon
FinchPlymouth, Devon
FlynnIlfracombe, Devon
FortuneCrediton, Devon
FosterTorquay, Devon
FraserPlymouth, Devon
FreemanPlymouth, Devon
FrenchTorquay, Devon
GajowniczekTorquay, Devon
GaspariTorquay, Devon
GerrardBarnstaple, Devon
GillTorquay, Devon
GillExeter, Devon
GoldsmithHoniton, Devon
GomerTorrington, Devon
GoodExeter, Devon
GouldExmouth, Devon
GriffithsChudleigh, Devon
GrimsellPaignton, Devon
GunnerBarnstaple, Devon
HallPlymouth, Devon
HalloranPlymouth, Devon
HammettBarnstaple, Devon
HankinExeter, Devon
HardyNewton Abbot, Devon
HarrisBarnstaple, Devon
HarrisonIvybridge, DEVON
HawkenBrixham, Devon
HicksPlymouth, Devon
HiscockTavistock, Devon
HodgettsPlymouth, Devon
HoldenPlymouth, Devon
HollowayExeter, Devon
HolmsBideford, Devon
Houghton-HawksleyWoolacombe, Devon
HoslHoniton, Devon
HubickaNewton Abbot, Devon
HuntPlymouth, Devon
JagodaDustable, Devon
JakubowskiTeignbridge, Devon
JamesTorbay, Devon
JanuszNewton Abbot, Devon
JohnIlfracombe, Devon
JohnsExeter, Devon
JohnstonePaignton, Devon
JonesExeter, Devon
JonesPlymouth, Devon
JonesPlymouth, Devon
KentExeter, Devon
KernPlymouth, Devon
KibaloNewton Abbot, Devon
KingTorquay, Devon
KnightExeter, Devon
KnoxTorquay, Devon
KruczekNewton Abbot, Devon
KryzanowskiNewton Abbot, Devon
LaceyBarnstaple, Devon
LaneBudleigh Salterton, Devon
LawrenceNewton Abbot, Devon
LearPlymouth, Devon
LebensteinTorquay, Devon
LingIlfracombe, Devon
LodgeTorquay, Devon
LowePlymouth, Devon
LuxtonTiverton, Devon
LynchIlfracombe, Devon
MacDonaldTorquay, Devon
MahoneyExeter, Devon
MarsdenPlymouth, Devon
MarshExeter, Devon
MasonExeter, Devon
McCannTorquay, Devon
McCarthyPlymouth, Devon
McLernonIlfracombe, Devon
McClureExeter, Devon
McNaughtonBarnstaple, Devon
McPheeIlfracombe, Devon
MennebeckTorquay, Devon
MillerNewton Abbot, Devon
MillmanExeter, Devon
MorrisPlymouth, Devon
MossPlymouth, Devon
NichollsIlfracombe, Devon
NolanTorquay, Devon
NortonExeter, Devon
O’SheaBarnstaple, Devon
OstruszkaNewton Abbot, Devon
PassmoreKilmington, Devon
PawlakNewton Abbot, Devon
PeekeTorbay, Devon
PerlhefterBarnstaple, Devon
PhillipsPlymouth, Devon
PickeringPlymouth, Devon
PieczonkaTorbay, Devon
PikeExeter, Devon
PinderBarnstaple, Devon
PrenticePaignton, Devon
ProwseTorquay, Devon
PrydonNewton Abbot, Devon
RattrayHolsworthy, Devon
RedmondExmouth, Devon
RichardsonExeter, Devon
RickardTorquay, Devon
RoachNewton Abbot, Devon
SageTorbay, Devon
Saint-ClairExeter, Devon
SalussogliaTorquay, Devon
SeamanTorbay, Devon
SedwellBarnstaple, Devon
SewardSeaton, Devon
ShawPaignton, Devon
ShelleyBarnstaple, Devon
SmithExeter, Devon
SpillingIlfracombe, Devon
StevensSidmouth, Devon
StroudOkehampton, Devon
StuartBarnstaple, Devon
SzczerbajNewton Abbot, Devon
TaylorExeter, Devon
TemplePlymouth, Devon
ThomasPlymouth, Devon
TorodePlymouth, Devon
TurnerNewton Abbot, Devon
VaatstraPlymouth, Devon
VincentPlymouth, Devon
VindevogelPlymouth, Devon
WalkerPlymouth, Devon
Walker-HespBideford, Devon
WayHolsworthy, Devon
WebbTorquay, Devon
WellsIlfracombe, Devon
WelshPlymouth, Devon
WestBarnstaple, Devon
WhiteTorquay, Devon
WilsonPlymouth, Devon
WoodPaignton, Devon
WottonTorbay, Devon
YatesTorquay, Devon
ZapanowiczNewton Abbot, Devon
ZiolkowskiNewton Abbot, Devon
ZukNewton Abbot, Devon

How to make a claim

Check your entitlement

If someone dies without leaving a valid or effective will (intestate) the following are entitled to the estate in the order shown below:

  1. husband, wife or civil partner
  2. children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on
  3. mother or father
  4. brothers or sisters who share both the same mother and father, or their children (nieces and nephews)
  5. 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
  6. grandparents
  7. uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)
  8. 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

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.

Make a claim

If an entitled relative survived the deceased but has since died, that relative’s personal representative (the person legally entitled to deal with their estate) must make a claim to the deceased person’s estate.

If you believe you are entitled to claim an estate, send a family tree which shows how you are related to the person who has died, and include the dates of birth, marriage and death of all those on the tree.

If it appears that you may be entitled to claim the estate, you will then be asked to supply documentary evidence that proves your entitlement.

This article has been first published in Devonlive.

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