Public Sector Services

Unclaimed funds, council tax refunds, rates refunds, bank accounts, life insurance, pensions, cash, shareholdings and other beneficial assets – owners identified & located.

Tracing unclaimed fund-holders – a free of charge service to the Public Sector and Coroners.

Finders International has been tracing heirs to property, estates, assets and unclaimed funds for decades, and we can help you with these difficult and time-consuming tasks free of charge.

Local Authorities and Coroners may sometimes find that they are holding a variety of unclaimed assets for members of the public or companies who cannot be traced or who simply will not respond or engage with you. The owners may have moved or passed away or the companies dissolved or liquidated.

Dormant or unclaimed assets can cause audit and accounting issues. However, the beneficiaries to these funds will undoubtedly be grateful that you went the extra mile in trying to find them.

Please contact us or complete the form below for more information.

We are best known for tracing missing heirs and identifying lawful and entitled next of kin, having worked with Local Authority Deputies & Appointees, public health act funeral officers, Empty Homes Officers, hospital bereavement services teams, Coroners, the Police and others since 1997.

We support the public sector and understand that our research will form part of a legal process. Therefore, we always work efficiently and with the best interests of the Council, or the referring body, the Administrator and beneficiaries at all times. Reputation is critical, and we will safeguard yours as closely as our own.

When complex estates need to be dealt with, we have a proven track record of tracing beneficiaries overseas in numerous countries. Many of our partners abroad are exclusive to us.

We have permanent fully staffed offices in Dublin and Edinburgh too. Scottish and Irish records are held separately to the rest of the UK, and we pride ourselves on being a trusted local genealogy resource for our clients in Scotland and the Irish Republic.

Data protection and standards issues are critical when working with the public sector. We are a tender-winning, and award-winning firm and our standards exceed those of any other firm in our industry. We have ISO Accredited standards in Information SecurityQuality Management systems and, uniquely in our industry, the highly praised environmental standard, ISO 14001.

We are founder members of the International Association of Professional Probate Researchers www.iappr.org which provides regulation and codes of conduct and a complaints procedure for a network of elite international companies only. The IAPPR is one of many respected and recognised organisations we have chosen to belong to or qualified as members of. In an unregulated industry, Finders International is a name to trust.

Free Services to the Public Sector


Locate missing Beneficiaries to Testate or Intestate Estates

We find entitled relatives.

Tracing empty property owners or assistance in engaging with known owners

Unclaimed property, bank accounts, life insurance, client accounts, shareholdings and other beneficial assets, owners identified & located.

An essential best practice service when dealing with an Intestacy

Personal management of property, sales coordination, clearance & associated services organised to Quality Standards

An essential best practice service when dealing with an Intestacy.

Pre-approved for AVIVA missing will insurance

For complete IHT returns. UK & overseas assets found.

Identify and locate someone to act as Administrator .

When our research ascertains that a family has died out completely, we can help fund the funeral.


Free training and support for the Public Sector


Sign up online or find the next event. We are always happy to visit you at your offices if you would like to discuss our services in more detail.

Contact our Public Sector Development Managers:

David Lockwood (Deputyship & Local Authorities)
Elaine Ridley (NHS Trusts, Coroners & Bereavement Services teams)


Additional services available


Sign up online or find the next event. We are always happy to visit you at your offices if you would like to discuss our services in more detail.

instant quotations on most cases

reseals, medallion guarantees, share sales and repatriation of estate funds

essential checks before distributing funds abroad

TV, Radio, Press and online, following numerous series of BBC1’s Heir Hunters, and over 100 features we are spokespersons for our industry and the go-to firm for the UK Media.


Quality Assurance & Procurement


At Finders International meeting our clients’ requirements and expectations with respect to our products and services is of paramount importance to us. This not only helps us build a trustworthy brand in an unregulated industry but also helps us in maintaining client loyalty and respect.

We know that public sector bodies have been under intense financial pressure. That’s why when you use Finders International you can rest assured that we are able to not only provide a wealth of experience and expertise in family research and locating next of kin, but also offer access to free legal advice for next of kin from our selected panel of independent solicitors, at no cost and no risk. Our job is to make your job more manageable.

When working with Private Client solicitors we are aware that your reputation and regulation are important. That’s why we employ more NALP paralegals than any other firm and have a range of accreditations and codes that ensure quality throughout.

We are continually monitoring and improving across the entire range of services we provide in order to ensure all customers return to us time and time again.

Finders International are a tender-winning company. We have also been successful in procurement exercises and are happy to bid should an opportunity arise.

For more information on how we can assist any public sector body, please contact us.

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