All staff within NUHU are currently working from home due to the Coronavirus(COVID 19) outbreak. For any urgent enquiries staff can be contacted on the below work mobile numbers:-

Allan's Work Mobile:      07407895159

Yvonne's Work Mobile: 07407895189

Michael's Work Mobile:  07435995059

Matthew's Work Mobile:   07502218037

Currently the work phones are not in use please contact one of the above mentioned mobiles when contacting our office


 We have changed the way we work in response to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak and would ask that all communication with the office is by email only. Email us at: _NationalUltimusHaeresUnit@copfs.gov.uk We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide an update on our website if there any changes.

Where a person who is domiciled in Scotland dies without leaving a Will (often referred to as dying  intestate) and has no known and traceable blood relatives, spouse or civil partner who would be entitled by law to succeed to his/her property, or cohabitant who would be entitled to make a claim under section 29 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, then the property in their  estate, both heritable and moveable, falls to the Crown as ultimus haeres (literally meaning Last Heir).

A Scotland-wide National Ultimus Haeres Unit, which is part of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, has been set up in the  Hamilton Procurator Fiscal’s Office to investigate such estates in Scotland.

NUHU will make preliminary inquiries as regards a deceased’s estate and where the estate is likely to be solvent but no relatives can be traced the Unit will pass information regarding the estate to the office of the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR) who will administer any estate which has fallen to the Crown as ultimus haeres.

A list of potential ultimus haeres estates which have been reported to and are presently undergoing investigation by NUHU can be found by clicking on the link on the left.

If you have an enquiry and need to contact the Unit the address is:

The National Ultimus Haeres Unit
Procurator Fiscal Office
Cameronian House
3/5 Almada Street

Telephone Number:   0300 0204196  or  0141 420 8804   

or alternatively please e-mail: