How to make a claim to a family estate

One of the interesting things about finding out that you share ancestry to a successful clan is that you may end up enjoying the extra benefits of being entitled to some form of inheritance. In addition to just sharing in a name associated with a proud heritage, you may be entitled to a title, the family estate, membership to an association and so on.

In this article, we are going to share with you a few tips on how to make a claim to a family estate.

1 Familiarize yourself with the estate your family is entitled to

There are a number of government agencies that are charged with the responsibility of documenting the entire estate that a family is entitled to and this is usually information that is available to the public. This is therefore one of the very first places you should go to, to find out the entire estate associated with your family, as well as whether you are still within the time limit for making a claim. From here, you will be in a better position to know if it is worth making a claim for.

2 You need to be able to prove that you are part of the family

You have probably done an exercise where you make a family tree showing where you fall in the tree. This is usually one of the initial documentary evidence you have to produce as proof of lineage. It can be a tedious process because depending on how large you family is, you will need to provide all the names, dates of birth and other personal information about the members in your family tree.

3 You need to have proper identification documents

If you are able to provide a family tree then the next part is proving that you are indeed who you say you are. This will involve providing identification documents that identify you as well as your relationship with the family. This will include a detailed birth certificate, marriage certificate if you are related by marriage, and your ID documents.

Once you supply this information to the relevant government agency, your documents will be verified and if they pass the verification test then your claim will be processed.