Bradford is one of the top UK cities where its residents could be owed the most inheritance.

Those living in the city are owed an impressive £11 million since the start of this year alone.

Having taken a deep dive into the latest unclaimed estates data, the wills and probate team at national law firm Richard Nelson LLP have discovered that in total there are more than 6,000 Brits who could be owed inheritance.

With the average estate being valued at £150,000, people across the UK could be in line for a payout worth up to a staggering £1 billion.

Residents in Bradford urged to check they have an up-to-date will

An unclaimed estate occurs when a person dies without having a will in place and their family cannot be traced.

In these circumstances, the Crown Estate takes ownership of their possessions.

Off the back of these findings, Rebecca Head, consultant solicitor in the wills and probate team at Richard Nelson LLP, has called on residents in Bradford to check they have an up-to-date will in place.

She said: “With our research revealing there are more than 6,000 unclaimed estates in the UK it is evident that many people are failing to adequately prepare for their death.

“While making arrangements for when you pass away is an uncomfortable and often unwanted task, the importance of it cannot be understated.

“By making a will you can help to protect your loved ones after you die and ensure your possessions are distributed as you’d wished.”

To check if you could be sitting on a fortune use Richard Nelson’s inheritance checker tool which can be found here.

Map showing top 15 UK cities where residents are owed the most in inheritance

The analysis found residents in London are most likely to be owed inheritance. There have been a total of 1,018 unclaimed estates in the capital city since the beginning of 2023, worth a whopping £152,700,000 - the most in the UK.

In second place by quite some distance is Birmingham with 185 unclaimed estates worth a combined total of £27,750,000.

Bradford makes fifth place in the rankings with a total of 76 unclaimed estates worth £11,400,000.

Neighbouring city Leeds also features in the top five, ranking ahead of Bradford in third place with almost double the amount of inheritance owed at £19,500,000.