Case manager Ryan Gregory thought he was taking on a straightforward case when he took on the estate of Alec Fisher, which ultimately proved to be rather more complex.
Alec had died in a care home in Crewe in 2010 and his estate had laid unclaimed, as a will could not be found. Upon careful investigation by Ryan and his team, it was discovered that Alec had a brother George and the two brothers had been estranged from one another.
In a very peculiar turn of events, Ryan found out that not only had George died on the same day as Alec, but that he had died in the very same hospital and that he had not left a will either. The brothers’ combined estates totalled more than £300,000.
Alec was the fourth generation of his family to work on the railways, and the investigation of the case revealed the importance of the railway industry to Crewe where many generations had been employed in such work. His good friend Terrence had many fond memories of his friendship with Alec, who had in fact asked him to find his brother. Sadly, Terrence had been unable to do so before Alec’s death.
Alec and George had no further siblings, so the investigation of the case then turned to the siblings of their parents. In total, 13 heirs were found – one on the mother’s side and 12 on the father’s side, including Peter Smith who had not known of Alec and George, and who was very glad to take advantage of the family tree services provided by Finders.