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The government has published a list of unclaimed Scottish estates - could you be in line to inherit one?
If you happen to be a long lost relative of a deceased owner of a one of 435 unclaimed Scottish castles on a just-released list of unclaimed estate, it could be your lucky day.
Because the government has just released a list of estates yet to be claimed by next of kin - and if you share a surname with someone on the list, it could be you.
When a person dies without leaving a will in Scotland, their unclaimed assets automatically fall under ownership of the Crown, and are then placed in the care of The Office of Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer.
The process of claiming estates was made easier in Scotland with the passing of The Succession Act, as it removed the requirement for claimants to make a 'bond of caution' (a type of insurance).
If someone is able to successfully prove that they are entitled to them, assets - like castles - can be up for grabs.
So if you share a surname with someone on the list - which include Carlin, Hunniball, Malone-Philban and Raube - then you might be entitled to claim.