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.
The Portsmouth resident had been a market trader and was remembered as a well-known and popular character. He had lived with his mum and had never married, nor had children. The Finders team discovered that Roger had been adopted as a child. Having found two heirs on his mother’s side, the race was on to find the heirs on his father’s side. Birth certificates for his father’s family revealed a number of siblings – but the places of birth varied. This was explained by Roger’s grandfather’s profession; he had followed shipbuilding jobs across the country.
With everyone on the Finders team working flat out to investigate the different stems of Roger’s paternal family, Finders researcher Stuart travelled to Gosport in an attempt to locate Roger’s cousins.
Some 28 heirs were identified in total, all of them entitled to a share of Roger’s estimated £137,000 estate. The case brought together family members who had not known of Roger and his particular branch of their family, but it invoked memories of childhood and a wish that they had known Roger and been able to assist in his latter years.