People with these surnames could be sitting on unclaimed estate fortunes

West Suffolk Council is inviting groups to bid for cash from its Community Chest fund. Picture: SARA

More than 50 estates of people from Suffolk remain unclaimed - Credit: Archant

People in Suffolk could unknowingly be sitting on thousands of pounds – with dozens of estates of the county's deceased remaining unclaimed.

Data published by the government shows more than 50 estates have not been claimed – and are therefore open for family members to make a claim.

When someone dies with no will or known family, their property passes to the Crown as ownerless property – also known as "bona vacantia".

Estates can include any kind of property such as buildings, money or even personal possessions.

In all, the data – which is updated daily – lists 56 people who died in Suffolk, dating as far back as 1991, as well as three people who were born in the county but died elsewhere.


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The people came from towns including Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Southwold – with many dying as widows, bachelors or spinsters.

Relatives of the deceased – such as spouses, siblings, cousins, uncles and aunts – can make a claim for their estates via the government's Bona Vacantia division.

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You can use our searchable tables above to find out if your surname is on the list.

When making a claim, you'll be asked to send a family tree showing your relationship and two pieces of identification.

You might also be asked to send birth, death or marriage certificates.

However, if you are not a relative, you can still apply for a grant from the estate – for example, if you lived together or once cared for them.

To find out more about making a claim, visit the government’s website.

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