Advertise your claim in a newspaper
You must advertise your application in a newspaper local to the missing person’s last known address.
Place the advert within 7 days of the issue date stamped on the claim form.
Use standard text for the advert
Use the following text and make sure you:
- put your case number after the words case number
- replace or delete as appropriate the words in square brackets with the relevant details
“In the High Court of Justice [Chancery] [Family] Division
In the matter of an application for a declaration of the presumed death of [insert the missing person’s name].
A claim has been issued in the High Court of Justice, for a declaration that [insert missing person’s name] whose last known address was [insert missing person’s address] is presumed to be dead. Any person having an interest may apply to the court to intervene in the matter.
If you wish to apply to the court, you should do so at [court address] as soon as possible, and if possible within 21 days of the date of this notice. Delay may harm your prospects of being able to intervene.
(If the claimant is legally represented)
[Name of the claimant’s legal representative]
[Address of the claimant’s legal representative]
(If the claimant is not legally represented)
[Claimant’s address for service]”
Send a copy to the court
Send the court a copy of the newspaper page showing the advertisement so it arrives at least 5 days before your court hearing.