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Eight people who died in Waveney are yet to have their estates claimed

PUBLISHED: 11:40 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:40 05 September 2018

Signing Last Will & Testament. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Signing Last Will & Testament. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The estates of eight people who died in the Waveney area are still unclaimed, with one going unclaimed for nearly 30 years.

The government has a public list of more than 10,000 unclaimed estates across the country, which are left when people die without making a will, or who have no next of kin.

The Bona Vacantia list does not reveal the value of the estates, it does list where the person died with six from Lowestoft, one from Bungay, and one from the region generally.

The estate of Ernest Charles Harrison, who originally was from Norfolk and died on June 19. 1990, in Waveney has gone unclaimed for 28 years since his death.

However, more recent deaths, such as Christopher Harrop’s death on June 19 last year in Lowestoft, have also seen estates unclaimed.

Many people are thought to be in line for an inheritance without knowing it due to the order of priority for those entitled to the estate.

If someone dies without leaving a valid will, those entitled to the estate go in the following order; Husband, wife, or civil partner first, before children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, mother and father, siblings and nieces and nephews, half-brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts and half uncles and aunts.

Applications can be received up to 12 years after the person’s death with interest on the money, or 30 years without.

There is more information on how to make an application on the government’s website.

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