Currently, there is no legal system in place which enables families to become formal guardians of their missing person’s affairs. However, new legislation was passed in April 2017 which means that families will be able to do so in the future. The government have suggested that the new law will be enacted in July 2019 at which point families will be able to start making applications.
Until this new system is working, we know that families may wish to manage a missing relative’s affairs so that they are kept in order should they return. We have compiled guidance explaining and detailing ways you might go about managing your missing loved ones affairs during this time.
In some situations your local MP could be a source of help and advice.
Download our Guidance Sheet on 'How your MP could help'.