The GLD have changed their rules
April 2016 Update
“Once the referral has been received, BVD will aim to add, within five working days, details of the estate to its unclaimed list to enable executors or entitled relatives to come forward and for BVD to give up the Crown’s interests in the estate. Is evidence is received that BVD has no interest in the estate they will return the referral papers to you, and the executor or entitled relative (or their representative) will be advised that they have done so.”
Source: GLD website
What they are saying is that you will have to deal with the family AFTER you have referred the matter. You could be duplicating work.
Making a referral can often be time a consuming and laborious task, it can leave a case in limbo for months. If there is a property then it will remain uninsured. Our solution to Bona Vacantia cases is to find entitled next of kin, usually within 48 hours the next of kin consequently proceed to assume all responsibility saving you time and resources.
Unable to refer a case to the GLD because there is known kin?
GLD rules state that you cannot refer a case where there is known kin. You may be aware of relative but cannot trace them. Until the next of kin is traced it is incumbent upon the authority to register the death, arrange the funeral and safeguard and insure assets (where applicable). Such cases have the potential to be held in abeyance for years. Due to resources, authorities often have to take a reactive role being reliant on kin making themselves known.
Our solution is to take pro-active approach wee identify, locate and prove the entitlement of the next of kin where upon they can register the death, organise the funeral and apply for probate to claim the estate assets.