Vacantia - ownerless property
Bona Vacantia and the Treasury Solicitor
could be entitled to a deceased relative’s estate, which by
law has passed to the Crown, or you could be affected by a company
being closed down (dissolved). Find out how to refer an estate or
a dissolved company asset to the Treasury Solicitor and how to make
a claim if you are an entitled relative.
Bona vacantia means ‘vacant goods’ and is the legal
name for ownerless property that by law passes to the Crown. The
right to bona vacantia is based on two laws: the Administration
of Estates Act 1925 and the Companies Act 1985. Who represents the
Crown in bona vacantia matters.
The Treasury Solicitor represents the Crown in the dealing of estates
of persons who die without leaving a will (intestate) and without
known entitled relatives. The Treasury Solicitor also carries out
this role for the collection of the assets of dissolved companies
and other bona vacantia in England and Wales.
Treasury Solicitor's Department serves the public by providing legal
services to central government departments and other publicly funded
bodies in England and Wales and by collecting bona vacantia on behalf
of the Crown. It is the largest legal team in the Government Legal
aim is to be the best for their clients, the best for their people
and the best in the business.
unique position at the heart of Government and the specialised knowledge
of their lawyers allows them to offer clients an unrivalled breadth
and depth of service. They work closely with their clients to provide
a bespoke service to meet individual client needs.
Treasury Solicitor's Department,
One Kemble Street,