Category Archives: Case Studies

 The Situation

In September 2013, it was reported by the BBC, that two Exeter City Council workers had discovered gold jewellery and more than £60,000 in cash while clearing a dead woman’s house. They were praised for handing it in and it was said that the council was attempting to trace the deceased’s next of kin.


 The Solution

Finders heard about the situation and got in touch with Exeter City Council, offering its services. The council had been about to ask the Treasury Solicitor to help them, but chose to use Finders, as they were able to offer a direct, fast solution and it is free for councils.

The cleaners found envelopes stuffed full of cash in the council house

  The cleaners found envelopes stuffed full of cash in the council house

The case was passed to Finders Case Officer, Ryan Gregory, who explained the process in detail to the Council.

“Finders carried out a search to find the Deceased’s sister that we wouldn’t have had the time, money or facility to do and had very little information on.” says Sally Kinver-Wrigley in the Housing Department; “Ryan contacted me within a week to let me know that a next of kin had been found and that their instructed solicitor would contact us.”

Once the solicitor had contacted the Council, it was able to start the process of transferring the money and belongings to them, enabling the solicitor to wind up the estate and arrange to pay any outstanding council costs.


 Customer quote

“Overall, this is a useful service that can save us a lot of money, we would certainly use Finders again. The experience was good and we had the result we wanted which was for the money and goods to go to the right person and for someone to take responsibility for the tenancy”.
Sally

 About Finders International

Finders was established by Managing Director, Daniel Curran in 1997. Finders are an international probate genealogy firm who pride themselves on providing a fast, friendly, and efficient service.

Finders UK based team is now over 70 strong and it provides services across the UK and globally. Last year alone it traced heirs and next of kin for over 900 estates. Finders are also pleased to announce that it has been chosen by the BBC for their new Heir Hunters series which airs in 2014. Finders would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to talk you through the process in more detail.

Call today to book your appointment on Freephone 0800 085 8796 or email contact@findersinternational.co.uk.

The Situation

In February 2014, Thelma Huntley passed away in Worthing at the age of 78. Thelma was a spinster and unfortunately had not left a Will and so the Council were unable to pass her assets on to her living relatives.

Having heard of the free ‘Next of Kin’ tracing service from Finders, Bruce Reynolds, Environmental Health Officer for Worthing Borough Council, got in touch to see if they could locate any heirs for Thelma’s estate.

The Solution

Once instructed, Katie Watson, Case Manager at Finders immediately began tracing the family tree. Thelma was of Dutch/Jewish descent which may have presented problems to some researchers, but within hours Katie had identified nearly all of her living relatives. Finders visited and were retained by many of the maternal family that same day.

The paternal relatives were a little harder to contact as they were spread around the world in Canada and Italy, but they were soon contacted and also signed.

“The best part for me” says Katie “Was locating the heirs quickly enough so that Thelma’s cousin, Rodney, was able to attend her funeral, for which he was extremely grateful.”

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Customer quote

“The Finders Next of Kin Tracing Service offered a quick and free way to fulfil Bona Vacantia’s requirements to make reasonable efforts to locate blood relatives to administer any residual estate following a public assisted funeral. The company were efficient in dealing with this case.” Says Bruce Reynolds.

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Finders International was established by Managing Director, Daniel Curran in 1997. Finders are an international probate genealogy firm who pride themselves on providing a fast, friendly, and efficient service. Finders UK based team is now over 70 strong and it provides services across the UK and globally. Last year alone it traced heirs and next of kin for over 900 estates and with a success rate of nearly 100%. Finders are also a main firm on ‘Heir Hunters’ the BBC’s popular daytime TV documentary which follows the team as they trace Next of Kin.

Finders would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to talk you through the process in more detail. Call today to book your appointment on Freephone 0800 085 8796 or email contact@findersinternational.co.uk.

Daniel Curran
Written by Daniel Curran
Daniel is a leading figure in the UK Heir Hunting industry. He is from Isleworth in West London and has lived in London for most of his life. He has been in the probate genealogy profession since 1990. He formed Finders in 1997 after 7 years at another firm.