Bona vacantia

According to the treasury solicitor "bona vacantia" literally means vacant goods.

"Bona Vacantia" is the legal name for ownerless property that passes to the Crown. The latin translation means 'ownerless goods'

The Treasury Solicitor administers the estates of persons who die intestate without known kin and collects the assets of dissolved companies and failed trusts. In the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster the Treasury Solicitor does not get involved the estate is dealt with by Farrer and Co.

Solvent estates leaving a net balance of £500 or above will be dealt with and there are around 2,000 cases each year. Enquiries are made to contact next of kin and newspaper adverts may be taken out to try to find next of kin. On the Bona Vacantia site there is a relative section, you can do a search in this section if you think there may have been a family member who died without a will, and that you may be entitled to benefit from the estate.


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