Rightful Claims
Reuniting people & their assets

To receive unexpected good news out of the blue is not something that happens very often in a lifetime

Philippe

Great pleasure to pass the money on to the children who can all benefit from it.

Lou

Thank you so much, with the money I’ve been able to update an old car to one with air conditioning.

Glenys

Nice to receive a bit extra to put away for a rainy day.

Lesley

Absolutely taken by surprise… This outcome was indeed most appreciated, welcomed and accepted.

Rob

Rightful Claims, a division of Worthington Clark, are Australia’s asset recovery experts.

Rightful Claims, a division of Worthington Clark, are Australia’s asset recovery experts. As a family-owned and operated business, we have been working for over 40 years to reunite our customers with lost or unclaimed assets they are legally entitled to claim. Assets such as shares, bank accounts, insurance policies and inheritances, which are currently in the care of custodians, are reunited with their rightful owners.

Rightful Claims specialises in identifying and finding the right people, reuniting them with their assets and recovering those assets on our customers behalf. Our services are carried out discreetly and professionally, complying with relevant legislative and statutory requirements. So once you have received a letter from Rightful Claims, call us to find out how we can reunite you with what is rightfully yours.

Once you have received a letter from Rightful Claims, call us to find out how we can reunite you with what is rightfully yours.

Hear from people we have reunited with their assets.

  • What can I say, a huge thank you to Rightful Claims for your professional, courteous and timely support locating lost funds... I was a little skeptical at first, but your team have been nothing but exceptional throughout the whole process.

    Meaghan G

  • Thank you very much i have every faith and trust in both Linda & John their service was 2nd to none so thanks once again and all the best in the future and stay safe.

    Bryan P

  • Very helpful trustworthy company, excellent communication even being in Australia and I’m in England all actioned promptly and professionally. Thank you so much to all involved. Would definitely recommend you.

    Lesley T

Frequently Asked Questions

ARE THERE RELIABLE WEBSITES TO CHECK IF I HAVE UNCLAIMED ASSETS?

Aside from contacting a public trustee or bank to check for unclaimed assets, you can also check online to widen your search options. You can visit www.findingmyassets.com and locate your missing or unclaimed assets for free.

WHAT ARE THE EXECUTOR AND TRUSTEE OF AN ASSET?

Many of our clients are confused with the terms used for a person or people assigned to look after the estate or assets of a deceased person. An executor and trustee can be a relative, friend or someone that the estate owner trusts. They are legally appointed and have similar roles. The only difference is how they were appointed.

An executor is named by the person who made the will or is appointed by the probate court to administer his/her last will and testament when he/she dies. Their primary duty is to ensure that the deceased person’s wishes will be implemented according to the instructions in the will. The executor must also make sure that the assets will be distributed to the right beneficiaries.

A trustee is a person appointed in the trust document to manage and settle the estate when the person who created the trust dies. A trustee doesn’t need to go to probate court and can reach out to a trust lawyer for help. 

HOW DO THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT WORK?

Any individual, called a testator, who owns a trust, estate or other assets can make a will. He/she must be 18 years and older with a sound mind. The will must be in writing and signed by the testator with two witnesses. Beneficiaries are not allowed to become a witness or they’ll lose their entitlement.

CAN STEPCHILDREN INHERIT ASSETS?

Blended families are typical nowadays. In Australia, the law on the eligibility of stepchildren receiving entitlement may vary in every state and be based on several factors: 

  • Age of the child when a parent dies 
  • Closeness of the relationship 
  • Whether the child was being supported by the deceased
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE WILL I RECEIVE IS VALID?

A valid will is recognised by the court as legal and binding. These are the conditions for recognising a valid will:

 

  • The testator is mentally sound and aware of what they’re doing
  • The testator must sign the will in the presence of two witnesses
  • The will must be notarised. 
CAN YOU LOCATE A MISSING EXECUTOR OR BENEFICIARY?

Yes, Rightful Claims can help locate the missing executor or beneficiary through the range of estate services offered by our parent company, Worthington Clark. They have an extensive network of research teams and resources to find key individuals named in the will.