Societal shifts have made searching for beneficiaries more complicated, says Neil Fraser 

More than half of UK adults die intestate, according to recent estimates. There are also in excess of 8,300 entries currently on the bona vacantia (BV) list of unclaimed estates, which is updated daily by the government’s legal department. 
With those sorts of figures involved, tracking down missing beneficiaries is not always a straightforward task for solicitors. For example, we were recently approached by a solicitor after a well-established competitor firm of probate researchers had concluded there was no next of kin in a particular case and that it should be referred to BV.
As might be expected, the circumstances were complicated. Our researchers led us via Scotland and Germany to Belarus (formerly part of the U...

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