International Asset Services

Our International Asset Service provides consultative and practical support to Private Client, Wills & Probate practitioners and estate administrators with the liquidation, disposal and return of a variety of assets located overseas. Louise Levene brings sixteen years of experience in probate support services and asset recovery, and a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to bringing the value back into the estate.

Services

Shares and other Securities

Finders can sell or transfer foreign listed stocks and shares, obtain a Federal Transfer Certificate from the IRS, attend to the re-issue of uncashed dividend cheques, and bring the value back into the estate.

Medallion Guarantee Stamps

Finders can have the Medallion Guarantee stamp affixed as part of the wider work of transfer or sale of shares, or on a standalone basis.

Bank Accounts & Investment Accounts

Struggling to meet the overseas bank’s requirements to close a deceased person’s account? We can help.

Lost Share Certificate

We can help secure lost share certificate countersignature indemnity insurance, arrange surety bonds and replace all lost share certificates.

Foreign Grants of Probate

With our network of partners overseas and years of experience, we can help estates clear this obstacle to the recovery of value abroad.

Resealing a UK grant or confirmation

When our research ascertains there are no next of kin, our charitable fund can contribute to the funeral costs.

Escheatment & Unclaimed Property

If you are trying to recover overseas assets that have been subject to local escheatment laws, or classified as ‘unclaimed property’, we can help.

Advice and support

Sometimes you just need a second opinion. We’re experienced and take a practical, problem-solving approach to this work. You can contact us for a no-obligation, informal discussion of any problem involving overseas assets. We’re here to help!

What we do

Estates in the United Kingdom are much more likely to contain at least one overseas asset these days. From a bank account opened in Australia for work, to a holiday home purchased while on holiday in Spain, to tax planning investment accounts opened in the USA and offshore in places like the Isle of Man and Jersey, to accounts in Ireland or beyond, to shares that, due to corporate action, have ended up listed in all sorts of places worldwide – it’s quite possible that an estate may feature one or more of these scenarios. What unites them is that they’re often surprisingly time-consuming and challenging to deal with – whether that involves closing an account, liquidating a portfolio or selling an individual shareholding. Numerous legal and bureaucratic obstacles spring up which must be navigated before the value can be restored to the estate in the UK. The sheer variety of scenarios is something that an estate practitioner may not have encountered often, or at all. Another scenario is that they may be pressed for time and anxious to progress multiple aspects of the estate administration at once. That is where Finders’ International Asset Service comes in. Finders’ International Asset Service provides consultative and practical support to Private Client and Wills and Probate practitioners, offering a variety of services to help deal with the existence of foreign assets in an estate. Louise Levene brings sixteen years’ experience in probate support services and asset recovery, applying a practical, problem-solving approach to a range of asset services, helping to sell, transfer or recover a range of overseas assets including shares, bank accounts, and investment portfolios, assisting estates with the necessary administrative and legal paperwork. With a combination of specialist knowledge, contacts, and experience, Finders will get the job done.

We will assess your case promptly and send you our recommendations.