The distribution of an estate as specified by a will is often a challenging matter with extensive legal documentation becoming the bugbear of law firms instructed to carry out the wishes of the Deceased.

The process of drawing up a will is a detailed task designed to protect the individual by ensuring named beneficiaries receive their rightful inheritance.

The practicalities of producing a truly comprehensive document including up to date contact addresses of beneficiaries, are such that many wills require thorough investigative research before an estate can be bequeathed as intended.

In cases of intestacy, where a will is not present, the task of distributing an estate can become a particularly difficult affair, especially if there is no known next of kin.

Probate genealogy is a specialised service that aims to identify missing heirs and beneficiaries using trusted research techniques to trace individuals entitled to a share of an estate. Though restricted by law as to the information that can be accessed, some probate genealogists have rightfully earned the respect of the profession thanks to their success rates.

When tracing unknown heirs, probate genealogists use a full range of resources that encompasses a world beyond the more obvious reference sources such as public records and national archives to ensure the highest quality service to their clients.

Finders offers probate genealogy research that sees excellence as standard, providing a fresh approach to finding heirs and tracing unknown beneficiaries. With research completed to suit client timescales, worldwide beneficiary searches, missing wills services and easy to understand documentation, Finders has established a success rate that puts them at the forefront of global probate genealogists.

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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