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The UK Probate Research Awards 2019

The UK Probate Research Awards set for 7 February 2019

A world first, The UK Probate Research Awards will celebrate the achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy, with the inaugural event taking place on 7 February 2019 at The Mermaid, Puddle Dock, London.

Direct cremations set to rise

Rise in Public Health Funerals puts even greater pressure on hard pressed local authorities

Royal London have revealed in their annual survey that local authorities, who responded, have spent almost £5.5m on Public Health Funerals in the year leading up to April 2018. Over 3,800 people received a Public Health Act (PHA) funeral from these authorities. Royal London report that almost a third of these funerals were arranged as a result of bereaved families not being able to afford the cost of the funeral.

Briefing Examines the Case for Will Writing Regulation

Is there a case for the statutory regulation of will writing? A recent Commons briefing paper considers arguments for and against.

Charity Partnership Welcomes Call for Digitised Wills & Simplified Inheritance Tax

A charity partnership has welcomed a new report into tax simplification and its call to make the management of estates and legacy donations easier.

Green Paper on Social Care Out ‘Before the End of the Year’

The long-awaited Green Paper on social care in England is due to be published “before the end of the year”, according to a new Commons briefing on the subject.

Competition Watchdog slams Funeral Costs

The UK’s primary competition and consumer authority has said that the scale of funeral price rises “does not currently appear to be justified by cost increases or quality improvements”.

Finders International awarded Friends Against Scams Certification

Finders International awarded Friends Against Scams Certification

Many staff have been awarded the “Friends Against Scams” Certification having completed the training, and we are delighted to be going the extra mile to provide much needed reassurance to the public. More about the Friends Against Scams Initiative can be found at

London PHA Funeral conference, a huge success

Wednesday 28th November – The Finders International London PHA Funerals Conference took place at the Park Plaza, Waterloo. Delegates from across England and Wales gathered to discuss the issues that affect every council who undertakes Public Health Act Funerals.

Increase in People Thinking About Digital Inheritance

Have you decided what will happen to your cute collection of cat pics on Instagram and your wildly popular raw food diet blog once you die?

A Guide to Probate Valuation

What is probate valuation? Simply put, it is valuing someone’s estate after they die.

Tracing the Last Will of a Loved One

When someone dies, most of us will be overwhelmed by grief and loss. Death is ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.

Proposals to alter Probate Fees

The UK government has put proposals in place to reform probate fees in England and Wales, using a statutory power to charge the fees above cost recovery levels.

Media

Mirror: Places to find lost money fast

We recently featured in the Mirror's article, 8 places to find lost money fast - from Premium Bonds to hidden savings.

The Times : What to do if heir hunters come calling

When a distant family relative dies without a will, relatives in line for an inheritance may rely on the work of probate researchers or genealogy companies.

MD Danny Curran joins Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London: 2,500 UNCLAIMED ESTATES AND RISING IN LONDON

74 unclaimed estates, so far this year, have been added to London’s stock of over 2,500 estates in ‘purgatory’, according to Finders International’s interrogation of the latest Bona Vacantia list. These are estates of people who have died apparently intestate (no Will) and with no known next of kin.

Intercontinental Finance: Danny Curran – Creating a successful legacy

Founder and managing director of Finders International, Danny Curran, recently featured in Intercontinental Finance talking about the success of heir hunting firm Finders. Read the article below.

Legal futures : Probate property sales and services

One of the services Finders International offers its professional service clients is fast and efficient probate property sales and services for any properties in the UK and Ireland.

Daughter of SAS hero who inherited £140,000 estate to star on BBC show

A woman whose father was one of the founding members of the SAS has inherited a £140,000 estate from a relative she never knew.

Sunday Mercury : Family Miss Out On Pensioner’s £300,000 estate

A FAMILY'S celebrations following news they had inherited a fortune have been cut very short following the II th hour discovery of a will.

The Guardian: Danny Curran: ‘I don’t get paid by the BBC, but make about £150,000’

I’m the founder of Finders International, which tracks down family members of people who die without a will, and feature a lot on BBC One’s Heir Hunters programme.

Birmingham Live: £300k family fortune left to dogs and RSPCA

A Family's celebrations following news they had inherited a fortune have been cut very short following the 11th hour discovery of a will.

Stoke-on-Trent Live: Stoke-on-Trent brothers get this surprise inheritance when long-lost relative dies – now their story is to feature on BBC’s Heir Hunters

Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers are to feature in an episode of BBC Heir Hunters after a surprise inheritance from a family member they lost touch with decades before.