1. Overview

When someone dies with no will or known family, their property passes to the Crown as ownerless property (or ‘bona vacantia’) . It can be any kind of property, like buildings, money or personal possessions.

You could be entitled to a share of a deceased relative’s property (‘estate’) if you’re a relative.

How to claim

  1. Check if the estate is listed with the Crown.

  2. Make sure you’re an entitled relative.

  3. Make a claim on the estate.

If an estate is not listed, you can tell the Crown about an estate you think is unclaimed.

If you’re not a relative

You can apply for a grant from the estate if you think you may be entitled to a share of a deceased person’s estate (eg if you lived together or you cared for them).