How to find out if a deceased person had assets in the UK

If you are dealing with the estate of a deceased person who may have held assets in the UK (such as a property, bank accounts, shareholdings or life insurance policies) it can be hard to ensure that you have dealt with all of the UK assets.

If you believe that the deceased had assets in the UK but are not sure that you have the details of all financial institutions the deceased held assets or accounts with, you may wish to undertake a Financial Assets Search to try to find our whether the deceased had any bank accounts, shareholding etc in the UK that you are not aware of.

It is possible to undertake a missing asset search in the UK although most services offering such services have to be undertaken by a qualified legal professional such as a UK solicitor.

Worldwide Lawyers can assist you in undertaking a search with covers a large amount of UK based financial institutions, (which account for in excess of 95% of funds), to identify lost or dormant bank accounts as well as life insurance policies and annuities.

In addition the search includes a detailed share search of over 5 million shareholder records to check if the deceased individual held any FTSE100 shares prior to their death. This search covers records maintained by the UK registrars, Equiniti, Capita and Computershare.

It also includes a search with National Savings & Investments to check whether the deceased held premium bonds.

We can also assist with additional searches such as with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) or the Unclaimed Assets Register.

If you would like any further information or assistance with finding out whether a deceased person had an assets in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)1244 470339 or at