GLOBAL NETWORK EXPANSION FOR HEIR HUNTING UK FIRM

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EXPANSION of its global networks is on the cards for Finders, heir hunting firm this November with attendance at a Miami conference.

Finders UK will be the only firm of its kind to attend the first Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Global Congress Event which takes place 6-7 November in Miami, USA. The firm will be using the event to further expand its already substantial international reach.

The congress, which will look at succession planning and family inheritance, will bring together companies and organisations from all over the world, including Canada, Hong Kong, Latin America, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the US. Congress speakers and workshops will cover key issues such as the long-term demographics of the trust and estates world, private international law, decision-making and the risks in private wealth.

Heir hunting firm Finders, which specialises in identifying and tracing heirs, and locating missing or unknown beneficiaries world-wide, is attending the STEP Congress to expand its global network. The company will use the opportunity to link up with international organisations and let them know first-hand about Finders’ professional probate genealogy work, and the ways in which Finders can in turn support their businesses.

Finders was established in 1997 by the current managing director Daniel Curran, who had already completed seven years in the industry. The company takes a fresh and dynamic approach to its work and is committed to a no-nonsense, fast and friendly service. The company’s success rate is almost 100 percent, and it works to a published professional code of conduct.

Finders work to find missing beneficiaries has featured on the BBC Heir Hunters programme, series 9 of which is scheduled to broadcast early next year.

From its London headquarters, Finders co-ordinates an established world-wide network of trusted partners. As well as providing help with heir hunting services, the global network works with Finders staff to provide clients with a fast and efficient next of kin tracing service – no matter where they are in the world.

In the last few months, the firm has resolved a case of Polish origin, where the heir was the first of his countrymen to travel into space. Another case concerned a group of Ukrainian farmers, who, thanks to Finders, received life-changing sums of money from a UK estate.

Not so long ago, researching missing heirs or finding the next of kin in certain European countries was virtually impossible, but efforts have been made to rebuild records which had previously been destroyed.

Daniel Curran, the founder and managing director of Finders, said: “Attendance at the first STEP Global Congress event is a must for Finders because so much of our work takes us all over the world.

“Finding the missing heirs to an estate can take us anywhere so it is important that we establish as many global contacts as we can – and our website is translated into 13 different languages to reflect our reach.

“People have a tendency to move around, which means that families can be divided among numerous countries. In the past, a significant number of Brits emigrated to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US – and there have also been a large number of expatriates retiring to countries such as Spain. In addition, many people from Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Romania have migrated to the UK since changes in EU law.

“Our presence at the STEP event affirms our commitment to first-class global heir location services.”

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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.