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Scam emails - "missing relative"

We have been made aware of a scam email circulating. It is headed "missing relative" and purports to be from a family researcher / heir hunter from the QLTR Office. The email suggests that the email recipient is listed on our website as a family member of a deceased person, and that there is a substantial amount of unclaimed estate. If you receive such an email, please do not respond to it or click any links. Please forward it instead to enquiries@qltr.gov.uk


We have changed the way we work in response to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak and would ask that all communication with the QLTR office is by email only. Email us at: enquiries@qltr.gov.uk. If you need to send us copies of documents, letters etc. please send us scanned copies in PDF format and attached to your email. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide an update on this website if there any changes. Please also note:

Company restoration cases are also dependent on Companies House. As there are changes to their service, you should also check their website for updates: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

Applications to QLTR for payments following a company's restoration can be submitted to us by email. Completed forms and supporting documentation, including copies of identification documents, should be scanned into a single PDF and sent to enquiries@qltr.gov.uk 

Treasure trove and metal detecting -  the Treasure Trove Unit has updated its guidance for members of the public, including metal detectorists, searching for archaeological finds in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance has been produced to advise how finders can continue to stay safe and follow the law. 

In-line with public health guidelines, the Treasure Trove Unit will be providing a reduced service until further notice. They will continue to monitor e-mails but at this time are unable to meet finders, take in, or return artefacts. Many aspects of the treasure trove system have been delayed and this means that cases are taking significantly longer to process.  

We will continue to review the situation and will resume normal service as soon as we are able. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. 

Click here for: TTU Guidance on searching for archaeological finds in Scotland during COVID-19

In Scots law, the Crown can claim ownerless property. The Crown's representative in Scotland is the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR). Where we deal with property, its realised value is paid by the QLTR into the Scottish Consolidated Fund. The QLTR's Policies set out the Office's approach to dealing with particular types of property and assets.  See also our sections on ownerless propertyunclaimed personal estates and the claiming, valuation and allocation of portable antiquities found in Scotland. This site also hosts information about the National Ultimus Haeres Unit, Hamilton (NUHU).

The current QLTR is David Harvie, the Crown Agent. The QLTR is supported by the QLTR office which consists of 3 Solicitors and 3 Administrative staff.

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