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

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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

Surname Place of Death
Adams Yelverton, Devon
Andrew Moretonhampstead, Devon
Ayles South Molton, Devon
Baber Torquay, Devon
Baker Plymouth, Devon
Barnes Paignton, Devon
Bennett Crediton, Devon
Birar Devon or Somerset
Brannan Paignton, Devon
Briggs Exeter, Devon
Brown Torbay, Devon
Brown Newton Abbot, Devon
Bryczek Newton Abbot, Devon
Buckingham Tiverton, Devon
Burkitt Teignbridge, Devon
Cartlidge Plymouth, Devon
Castledene Torquay, Devon
Chaiet Torbay, Devon
Clark Plymouth, Devon
Clarke Brixham, Devon
Clayton Plymouth, Devon
Clements Exeter, Devon
Cohen Plymouth, Devon
Cole Tavistock, Devon
Cole Exeter, Devon
Coles Torquay, Devon
Collins Exeter, Devon
Collins Torquay, Devon
Cowan Torquay, Devon
Cowley Exeter, Devon
Crowther Teignbridge, Devon
Cutland Tavistock, Devon
Dakin Teignbridge, Devon
Davey Plymouth, Devon
Davey Plymouth, Devon
Davies Plymouth, Devon
Davies Barnstaple, Devon
Dawes Plymouth, Devon
Dawson Torquay, Devon
Deakin Torquay, Devon
Dickinson Torquay, Devon
Drew Paington, Devon
Elliot Torquay, Devon
Fedak Torquay, Devon
Finch Plymouth, Devon
Flynn Ilfracombe, Devon
Fortune Crediton, Devon
Foster Torquay, Devon
Fraser Plymouth, Devon
Freeman Plymouth, Devon
French Torquay, Devon
Gajowniczek Torquay, Devon
Gaspari Torquay, Devon
Gerrard Barnstaple, Devon
Gill Torquay, Devon
Gill Exeter, Devon
Goldsmith Honiton, Devon
Gomer Torrington, Devon
Good Exeter, Devon
Gould Exmouth, Devon
Griffiths Chudleigh, Devon
Grimsell Paignton, Devon
Gunner Barnstaple, Devon
Hall Plymouth, Devon
Halloran Plymouth, Devon
Hammett Barnstaple, Devon
Hankin Exeter, Devon
Hardy Newton Abbot, Devon
Harris Barnstaple, Devon
Harrison Ivybridge, DEVON
Hawken Brixham, Devon
Hicks Plymouth, Devon
Hiscock Tavistock, Devon
Hodgetts Plymouth, Devon
Holden Plymouth, Devon
Holloway Exeter, Devon
Holms Bideford, Devon
Houghton-Hawksley Woolacombe, Devon
Hosl Honiton, Devon
Hubicka Newton Abbot, Devon
Hunt Plymouth, Devon
Jagoda Dustable, Devon
Jakubowski Teignbridge, Devon
James Torbay, Devon
Janusz Newton Abbot, Devon
John Ilfracombe, Devon
Johns Exeter, Devon
Johnstone Paignton, Devon
Jones Exeter, Devon
Jones Plymouth, Devon
Jones Plymouth, Devon
Kent Exeter, Devon
Kern Plymouth, Devon
Kibalo Newton Abbot, Devon
King Torquay, Devon
Knight Exeter, Devon
Knox Torquay, Devon
Kruczek Newton Abbot, Devon
Kryzanowski Newton Abbot, Devon
Lacey Barnstaple, Devon
Lane Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Law Exeter
Lawrence Newton Abbot, Devon
Lear Plymouth, Devon
Lebenstein Torquay, Devon
Lewis Barnstaple
Ling Ilfracombe, Devon
Lodge Torquay, Devon
Lowe Plymouth, Devon
Luxton Tiverton, Devon
Lynch Ilfracombe, Devon
MacDonald Torquay, Devon
Mahoney Exeter, Devon
Marsden Plymouth, Devon
Marsh Exeter, Devon
Mason Exeter, Devon
McCann Torquay, Devon
McCarthy Plymouth, Devon
McLernon Ilfracombe, Devon
McClure Exeter, Devon
McNaughton Barnstaple, Devon
McPhee Ilfracombe, Devon
Mennebeck Torquay, Devon
Miller Newton Abbot, Devon
Millman Exeter, Devon
Morris Plymouth, Devon
Moss Plymouth, Devon
Nicholls Ilfracombe, Devon
Nolan Torquay, Devon
Norton Exeter, Devon
O’Shea Barnstaple, Devon
Ostruszka Newton Abbot, Devon
Passmore Kilmington, Devon
Pawlak Newton Abbot, Devon
Peeke Torbay, Devon
Perlhefter Barnstaple, Devon
Phillips Plymouth, Devon
Pickering Plymouth, Devon
Pieczonka Torbay, Devon
Pike Exeter, Devon
Pinder Barnstaple, Devon
Prentice Paignton, Devon
Prowse Torquay, Devon
Prydon Newton Abbot, Devon
Rattray Holsworthy, Devon
Redmond Exmouth, Devon
Richardson Exeter, Devon
Rickard Torquay, Devon
Roach Newton Abbot, Devon
Sage Torbay, Devon
Saint-Clair Exeter, Devon
Salussoglia Torquay, Devon
Seaman Torbay, Devon
Sedwell Barnstaple, Devon
Seward Seaton, Devon
Shaw Paignton, Devon
Shelley Barnstaple, Devon
Smith Exeter, Devon
Spilling Ilfracombe, Devon
Stevens Sidmouth, Devon
Stroud Okehampton, Devon
Stuart Barnstaple, Devon
Szczerbaj Newton Abbot, Devon
Taylor Exeter, Devon
Temple Plymouth, Devon
Thomas Plymouth, Devon
Torode Plymouth, Devon
Turner Newton Abbot, Devon
Vaatstra Plymouth, Devon
Vincent Plymouth, Devon
Vindevogel Plymouth, Devon
Walker Plymouth, Devon
Walker-Hesp Bideford, Devon
Way Holsworthy, Devon
Webb Torquay, Devon
Wells Ilfracombe, Devon
Welsh Plymouth, Devon
West Barnstaple, Devon
White Torquay, Devon
Williams Dawlish
Wilson Plymouth, Devon
Wood Paignton, Devon
Wotton Torbay, Devon
Yates Torquay, Devon
Zapanowicz Newton Abbot, Devon
Ziolkowski Newton Abbot, Devon
Zuk Newton 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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