Heir Hunters Series 9 Preview - Finders are back in action!

It was all hands on deck when the case of Roger Stuart Lennon, initially referred privately to the Finders team became public. Aware that competing firms would also be seeking out Roger's rightful heirs, Finders boss Daniel Curran put everyone on the job of tracing Roger's beneficiaries.


CATCH up - Finders on BBC Heir Hunters Series 8

Follow Finders team of researchers along the exciting trail of discovery that leads through a family history that covers the First World War and shines a light on the old world of domestic service. Meet family members and hear their recollections as the Finders team trace Pub Landlord Michael Naish’s heirs in this episode of the new series of Heir Hunters..


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Glossary of Probate Terms:

A
Administration When a person dies intestate (i.e. without leaving a Will), a relative will be appointed to enable them to make a distribution of funds to the beneficiaries once the assets and liabilities have been identified and settled.Also called Letters of Administration
Administration
(with will annexed)
If the executors named in a Will not be in a position to act, Letters of Administration are usually granted to next of kin to enable the estate to be dealt with as per the terms of the Will.
Administrator (or Administratrix) A person appointed via Letters of Administration to deal with the estate of the Deceased upon intestacy.
B
Beneficiary A person entitled to benefit from an intestacy or a Will.
Bona Vacantia Term meaning “ownerless goods” referring to instances where someone dies with no known next of kin and heirs.
C
Caveat A warning notice lodged with the probate court to prevent a Grant of Representation being issued.
Codicil An amendment made by the Deceased to their Will
Commission (or Contingency fee) The fee due to the probate researchers (or heir hunters) only upon successful location of beneficiaries; usually represented as a percentage.
E
Estate The Estate comprises of the Deceased’s assets (property, bank accounts, etc) and any outstanding debts/taxes (mortgage, inheritance tax, etc)
Executor (or Executrix) The person named by the Testator who is responsible for ensuring the terms of the Will are carried out.
Executor Dative (or Executrix Dative) The person appointed to deal with the administration of a Scottish intestacy.
G
Genealogy The study of ancestry and tracing of lines of descent.
Grant or Representation A grant giving someone the legal right to deal with the Deceased’s estate.Grant of Probate refers to Testate estates.
Letters of Administration refers to intestacies.
H
Heir Hunters Popular vernacular term for Probate Genealogists (as a result of the BBC’s “Heir Hunters” series).
I
Inheritance Tax A tax levied against the Deceased’s estate when valued above a certain threshold.
Intestacy The condition of the Deceased’s estate where they have died without leaving a Will.
Intestate A person who dies without leaving a Will.Also see Administration.
L
Legatee A beneficiary named in the Deceased’s Will.
Letters of administration See Administration and Grant of Representation.
M
Missing Beneficiary Indemnity Insurance An insurance policy providing protection for the Administrator and beneficiaries of an estate against any future claims from potential heirs not included in the estate distribution.
N
Net entitlement The sum due to beneficiaries at the point of distribution once the assets and liabilities have been realised.
P
Partial Intestacy Where part of a Testator’s Will fails (usually upon a beneficiary predeceasing) which passes to next of kin as per an intestacy.
Probate Probate is the evidence that a Will has been accepted by the court to enable the Executor(s) to act in accordance with the terms set out therein.
Probate Genealogists / researchers Professional genealogical researchers who undertake research to trace a Deceased’s next of kin and heirs.
R
Renunciation A document raised when an Executor renounces their role to act.
Residuary Estate The balance left for distribution once the legacies set out in the Will have been deducted.
T
Testator (or Testatrix) The Deceased who has made a Will.
Treasury Solicitor’s Office (Bona Vacantia Division) The Treasury Solicitor acts on behalf of the Crown to claim estates of deceased persons who die with no known entitled relatives.
W
Will A written statement whereby someone sets out their wishes on how they want their estate to be distributed upon death.