What is Bona Vacantia? And how a genealogist can help

Title ResearchBy Legal Futures’ Associate Title Research

Bona Vacantia is a foreign term to most which translates to “ownerless goods” in Latin. It is the name given to ownerless property which by law passes to the Crown. In England and Wales, if a person dies intestate (without a Will) and they appear to have no known next of kin, their estate would pass to the Crown and be administered by the Government Legal Department (GLD). Their estate would be listed on the Bona Vacantia Division’s list of unclaimed estates.

Title Research’s latest blog post will provide you with a high-level overview of Bona Vacantia by explaining:

  • What Bona Vacantia is
  • How you can find out what estates are unclaimed
  • How you might be presented with an unclaimed estate
  • The options you have when you’re presented with an unclaimed estate
  • How Title Research can help your approach to an unclaimed estate

Click here to read the full blog post and find out more.

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