Hundreds of you are due an inheritance from relatives but don't know it
Hundreds of Irish people are due inheritance from relatives but don't know it, a man working for Finders International has said.
Speaking to Ryan Tubridy, Padraic Grennan - who works for the Finders International Dublin office - said there are over 500 unclaimed estates in the UK alone.
"Essentially what we do: We are the people who knock on the door to say, 'look your long lost Uncle Bobby has left you an inheritance'. That’s what we do."
Mr Grennan said he and his team at Finders International are helping unite Irish heirs with money that is owed to them.
"We work with lawyers who have run into difficulty winding up estates. They might have a will where there's a beneficiary named and they can't find them.
"We would trace down the beneficiary or next of kin and basically approach them and tell them they are due to inherit a sum of money."
On their website, unclaimedestates.ie, Grennan said there are around 550 people with unclaimed estates who have Irish links in the UK.
"We are very busy. We've published a website we're so busy. We would encourage your listeners to go on there, check out the names, put your name in or your relatives names and see if you can see anything there that might actually link you with that estate and we might be able to help you."
If nobody claims them within 30 years the money goes to the Crown.
Grennan said they have 25 researchers at their offices in London and many more on the road visiting people who are set to receive an inheritance.
Recently, it emerged a deceased woman’s £500,000 (€690,000) fortune remains unclaimed as agents from Finders International struggle to trace an heir.
Kathleen Hilda Ryan, who had roots in Mullingar Co Westmeath, died in Greenwich in the UK in 2013 without making a will.
The 81-year-old, who was born in Greenwich and had no children, is the subject of a major heir hunt by Finders International.
Despite a surge in calls after they went public with the case, to date no relatives have been discovered.
"We had plenty of phone calls from people who knew the family but nothing concrete has come of it. We’re stumped by it," said Grennan.
"Given Lizzie’s age we’d potentially be looking for the children of any children she may have had. It’s really the last lead, the rest of the family appear to have died out,” said Amy Littlechild of Finders International.
"She never made a will, she didn’t marry, she had no children and at the time of her death she had no living siblings either.
"Her father was John Joseph Ryan born in Mullingar and died 1971. The rest of the family have died out and the only possibility we have of finding an heir to this fortune is through one of John Ryan’s sisters, a lady named Elizabeth Ryan, also known as Eliza or Lizzy.
"All we have is a baptism certificate from 1878 and the records show she never married. We believe she may have gone to the US.
If there’s anybody listening who thinks their mother or grandmother was an Eliza or Lissy Ryan they could be due to inherit a lot of money.
"It’s tricky, we’re stumped at this one so we’d be anxious to hear from anybody with any information."
Check out the Finders International website for more information.