Hunt for heir after man with very common name dies before a £200,000 payday
A search is underway for the family of a man who was owed hundreds of thousands of pounds – but is thought to have died before receiving it.
But because there are ‘hundreds’ of men named John Evans who have died in the Cardiff area, they are having trouble locating any heirs.
A law firm is calling for any relatives of the “financially very comfortable” man to come forward after finding he was owed more than £200,000.
The London-based firm, Green & Parish Limited, have found Mr Evans’ funds are currently held at the chancery division of the supreme court.
If the money is not claimed, it will continue to sit there until it is.
The firm’s theory is that Mr Evans passed away and that his family are owed the substantial amount of money, reports Wales Online.
The firm specialises in locating unclaimed assets and then finding to whom they are owed.
They say Mr Evans was a customer of Barclays Bank, Exchange Buildings, Cardiff Docks, in the 1970s, a spokesman for the company said.
The Barclays branch closed around 1980 and all records were later destroyed, making Mr Evans almost impossible to trace so far.
The law firm’s spokesman said: “Our working theory, as so many years have elapsed, is that Mr Evans will have died in the intervening years and these funds will be due to his estate.
“We have been trawling through death records for John Evans in the Cardiff area but, as you can imagine, there are simply hundreds of John Evans who have died in the Cardiff area.
“We do not have a middle name or perhaps there was no middle name.
“All death certificates and grants of probate give home addresses for deceased John Evans but no banking details and, therefore, it is impossible to definitively link any Mr Evans to this branch.”
It could also be the case that Mr Evans had been a customer at this Barclays branch, but moved to another branch when it closed.
Of course, not just anyone who knows a John Evans can claim the money. Anyone who believes they should be the true beneficiary of Mr Evans’ funds must be able to prove it.
The spokesman explained: “We are hoping that any potential candidate will be able to show their connection to this Barclays branch as we will have to demonstrate to a judge at the chancery division that we have located the correct individual and, therefore, old documentation would be most helpful.”
He said proof of connection could be an old bank statement or a spouse demonstrating that they remembered him banking at the branch.
However, what passes is up to the judge’s discretion.