Investigating into a deceased’s finances is a large part of a probate solicitors job during estate administration. But did you know that there is reported to be up to £15 billion of unclaimed assets in the UK?
How is there such a big pot of cash hidden within financial institutions and why does unclaimed money not always surface during probate?
Finances can become unclaimed and lost for several reasons, but the main causes tend to be unreported changes of address, ceases of activity on your account and inadequate record keeping.
According to research from Zoopla, Brits are reported to move home every 8.63 years and each time a person moves, financial institutions expect to be updated with a new address for communication purposes. In amongst the chaos and stress of moving, it can be easy to forget to inform each institution of your relocation. But failing to do so can result in lost financial assets.
An individual is thought to work in 12 jobs during their lifetime and this can be another catalyst for hidden assets. If a person is contributing towards a pension scheme from each job they’ve worked in, savings from their earlier employment can be simple to overlook, especially if no documentation can be found. The Financial Times Adviser report that one in five Brits have lost a pension pot.
If a person elects not to withdraw, deposit or use a specific account, it can be categorised as inactive. HSBC state that, “an inactive or dormant account is one that hasn’t been used in at least 6 months. Inevitably, since they’re not being checked regularly, they pose a significant risk of being involved in a fraudulent transaction.” This is a further way in which financial assets can be lost.
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Josh Cousens | Inheritance Data.