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Where a person dies intestate (i.e does not leave a Will) and either has no spouse, civil partner or blood relative or none who can be easily traced, the estate both moveable and heritable (i.e. cash, shares, pension etc and land or buildings), is claimed for the Crown by the Queen'sQueen' and Lord Treasurer'seasurer' 'seasurer' Remembrancer (QLTR)QL as ultimus haeres (last heir).

Such estates are normally brought to the attention of the QLTRQL by the National Ultimus Haeres Unit (NUHU), Glasgow. NUHU initially investigate such estates by making preliminary enquiries to check whether there is a will or known spouse, civil partner or blood relatives. If none traced, they investigate the debts and assets of the estate and so long as the estate appears to be solvent, report it to the QLTR. QL Whilst preliminary enquiries are undertaken by NUHU, the estate details are put on a list of estates they are investigating on the QLTRQL website: ( If any blood relative of a person listed on the National Ultimus Haeres Unit estate list wishes to claim an estate, they should contact the National Ultimus Haeres Unit direct. The contact details for that Unit are as follows:

National Ultimus Haeres Unit

Procurator Fiscals Office, 10 Ballater Street, Glasgow G5 9PS

Telephone number - 0844 561 4846

Fax number - 0844 561 4839

Email - uk gov

On receipt of an estate, the QLTRQL office publishes details of the estate on their website ( and normally delays starting administration of the estate for 12 weeks to give further opportunity for an entitled person to claim it. If not claimed, the QLTRQL will administer the estate and once administration is complete, will update the website to include the date administration of the estate was complete and will add the net value of the estate to the estate details.

Any blood relative of a person listed on the available for claim estate list on the QLTR QL website, who wishes to claim that person's estate should apply to the Commissary Department of the Sheriff Court in the area in which the person lived, for appointment as executor-dative on the basis that he or she is a specified blood relative of the person and for the Confirmation to the estate.

The Commissary Department or a solicitor will advise on how to obtain Confirmation and the legal duties of an executor-dative.

If Confirmation is obtained, that document and the order of the court appointing the applicant as executor-dative (if applicable) should be forwarded to The Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer Office, Unit 5, 14 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ along with a copy of the executed (signed and dated) Bond of Caution, proof of the executor-dative's identity, identity in the form of original current photographic identification along with a recent original utility bill (no more than 3 months old) and original birth, death and marriage certificates showing the blood line accompanied by a written explanation of the blood line (family tree) in chart form which should be as clear and concise as possible. On receipt of these documents, the QLTR QL Office will pay out the estate funds to the executor-dative for that estate (it should be noted successful claims are paid out by bank transfer and therefore this Office will require bank details including sort code and account number). Please note, we will accept copies of the photographic identification and utility bill, and of the certificates showing the blood line, provided they are certified by a solicitor as a true copy of the documents. Please quote the relevant QLTRQL reference number when forwarding the original Confirmation document.

Please note:

In addition to being removed from this list if claimed, from 1 January 2008, unclaimed estates will be removed from this list 10 years after the date of death, or 2 years after date of first advertisement, whichever is the later.

It is the QLTR' QL s policy to normally only accept claims either within 10 years of date of death or 2 years of first advertisement, whichever is the later.

Please note that once the QLTR QL commences the administration of an estate, it will be administered to conclusion (and the appropriate fee charged), even if a relative appears in the course of that work. If a blood relative of a person listed on the QLTR'QL s website list of 'estates reported to the QLTRQL but not yet determined if a UH estate or formally accepted as one', wishes to claim an estate, they should contact the QLTR QL office, contact details as follows:

The QLTRQL Office, Unit 5, 14 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ Telephone number - 08455 561 3899 Fax number - 0844 561 4276 Email -
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 25, 2014
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