The probate process in the United Kingdom is a meticulous journey that involves the identification, valuation, and distribution of a deceased person’s assets. In an era of increasing globalisation, the presence of overseas assets within UK estates has become a common challenge for private client, wills & probate practitioners, and estate administrators. Fortunately, organisations like Finders International offer invaluable support in tracing, liquidating, disposing, and returning a diverse range of assets located abroad.

The Global Dimension of Probate

In an interconnected world, it’s not uncommon for individuals to possess assets scattered across various jurisdictions. From overseas bank accounts to foreign properties, these assets can complicate the probate process, requiring thorough investigation and a nuanced understanding of international legal frameworks.

In 2023 alone, Finders International had 333 cases that involved some kind of overseas asset. This underscores the importance of having a robust strategy for identifying and managing such assets during the probate journey.

Tracing Overseas Assets

Tracing overseas assets is a delicate yet crucial aspect of probate administration. Finders International specialises in this intricate task. Our team of experts are well-versed in international probate procedures. Leveraging a global network and advanced research methods, they can locate assets such as bank accounts, real estate, investments, and other valuable possessions held abroad.

Liquidation and Disposal

Once identified, the challenge lies in efficiently liquidating and disposing of overseas assets. Finders International facilitates this process, offering comprehensive support to practitioners and administrators. Their expertise covers the complexities of international financial regulations, tax implications, and legal procedures involved in selling or transferring assets across borders.

Return of Assets to the UK

Returning overseas assets to the UK demands a meticulous approach to ensure compliance with legal requirements and to safeguard the interests of the estate beneficiaries. Finders International acts as a crucial liaison, streamlining the repatriation process and ensuring that assets are seamlessly integrated into the probate proceedings.

Support for Practitioners and Administrators

Private client, wills & probate practitioners, and estate administrators face a challenging task when dealing with overseas assets. Finders International provides a valuable support system, offering guidance and solutions to navigate the complexities of international probate. Their experience in handling a variety of assets ensures a smooth and efficient resolution for the benefit of the estate and its rightful heirs.


Finders’ International delivers both consultative and hands-on assistance to Private Client, Wills, and Probate practitioners, aimed at addressing the presence of foreign assets within an estate. Find out more, here.