It depends what the will say as to whether this goes to the remaining
beneficiaries or stays with the one that you cannot find.
Firstly, you have to make all attempts to find him using international
tracing agents although the cost of that can be deducted from whatever he has
You have to find out whether he died before the person writing the will or
If he died before the person leaving the will and the section 33 of the
Wills act is not excluded that whatever he was left goes to his children if he
has any. If he has not section 3 of the Wills act is excluded, and he died
before the person leaving the will and his share goes to the surviving
If he died after the person writing the will, then what he has inherited
either passes in accordance with his own will or in accordance with the rules
of intestacy which are here http://www.graysons.co.uk/wills-intestacy.html
he may have other relatives that the surviving beneficiaries and in this
respect, the executors are probably going to have to use a firm of genealogists.
It is not simply a case of waiting for a period of time and the survivors
then taking the money.
At the end of all this, it is essential for the executors to take out an
indemnity policy in the eventuality that beneficiaries come out of the woodwork
and who were not paid
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