Estate is liable for some IHT anyway, as over IHT threshold (I assume on that headline figure of £0.5m).
‘estranged’ I suspect is not relevant for intestacy. ‘untraceable’. Well. I dare say they could be traced. Would have to be a very good ‘friend’ !!
Edit: some links:Posted 4 years ago
and (for Scotland) http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cto/customerguide/page14-24.htmpolyMember
It works through other living relatives: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren etc can all have a claim. If no living relatives then the government get it – but for £0.5M there are detective agencies who would do their best to match up the missing son (and or other relatives) in the hope of getting a finders fee.Posted 4 years ago
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