Where is My Inheritance? The Probate Department Ltd answers questions

Where is my Inheritance?

My aunt died in 2004, and she had promised to leave me several thousand pounds in her Will.   To date, I have had nothing at all.   I don’t know who dealt with the Will, so I can’t approach them direct.

What should I do?

Probate advice:

UPDATE: use this link to search and make sure (if you find it) to order a Copy Will and a Copy Grant.  This is an online process on the Governments website, and the results are delivered online in PDF form a few days after the initial request.

Firstly, you need to establish the exact date of death, by contacting the Registry Office in the area your aunt died in.  In your case it was Kensington and Chelsea so you need to contact the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar to get a copy of the death certificate.

Once you have that, you will be able to ask the Postal Searches Department of the Leeds Probate Registry (the information you need starts around half way down the page) to see if they have a copy of the Will (for a small fee).   If Probate was not needed, you will draw a blank here, but if it was, they will send you  a copy of the Will.

If you find that you were entitled to something you need to contact the executor named in the Will and ask for it.  You may find that there was no money left in the estate (it was an “insolvent estate” which is the end of the trail.   But you may find that you are due money, and the executor will be duty bound (under most circumstances) to pay you even if he has no money left from the estate.

This is a bit of an oversimplification of a complex area, but it should give you enough to get started on.