The work undertaken by the Bona Vacantia
Division is unique within government.
Bona vacantia, the legal name for 'ownerless goods',
comprises property and rights that have no owner other than the
Crown. The Treasury Solicitor is nominated by the Sovereign for
the collection and administration of those bona vacantia property
and rights vesting in the Crown in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The two forms of bona vacantia of greatest current relevance are
the estates of persons who die intestate and with no entitled relatives
and the collection of the assets of dissolved companies.
Visit the Bona
Vacantia Website for fuller details about the services offered
including the guidance on discretionary payments in Estates cases
to assist those who wish to make an application for discretionary
payments from an estate.
Warning: the Bona Vacantia Division does
not send out unsolicited e-mails. It will only seek personal information
when you have already corresponded with a member of the Division.
It does not seek money from members of the public. Bogus unsolicited
e-mails are circulating claiming to be from the Division. Unless
you have dealt with the Division before, these e-mails will be a
scam. The Head of Division, Zane Denton, does not send out case
related e-mails. The Division has only one e-mail address dealing
with new cases (BVinfo@tsol.gsi.gov.uk).
If you have any doubt as to the validity of an e-mail then please
contact this e-mail address. You can obtain further information
and advice about frauds and scams, and how to report such crime
to the police, at www.met.police.uk/fraudalert.