Five people who died in Teesside this year have left unclaimed estates.

Three of the five are also known to have been born in the area.

When someone dies with no known will or family, their estate – including money, buildings, or personal possessions – passes to the Crown as ownerless property, or “bona vacantia”.

These estates are publicly listed by the government legal department to give entitled relatives a chance to stake a rightful claim.

If there is no will, a spouse or civil partner, and then any children, have first claim to the estate.

If none of these exist, anyone descended from a grandparent of the person is entitled to a share.

Claims in England and Wales are handled by the government legal department – except in the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster, where they are handled by Farrer and Co.

The five people to die in Teesside this year, and have their estates declared “bona vacantia”, include:

* Trevor Harbron, who died in Redcar and Cleveland on January 23. He was a bachelor, born in Stockton, and was 80 when he died.

* Anthony John Harding, who died in Middlesbrough on April 28. He was born in the town, and died aged 59.

* Michael John Ballott, who died in Linthorpe on May 18. He was born in Sedgley in the West Midlands and was aged 73.

* Richard Scott, who died in Middlesbrough on July 12. He was born in County Durham and was aged 85.

* Peter Humpleby, who died in Middlesbrough on July 24. He was born in the town and was aged 79.

Across England and Wales, 235 people to die this year have left unclaimed estates.

While there is generally a time limit of 12 years on claims, this can be extended in some circumstances to 30 years.

The value of an estate is not listed in the records.

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