The first question that likely springs to mind is—why have I been contacted? At Finders International, we work to find the missing heirs to estates, usually in cases where people have died without leaving a will (intestacy) and without any known next of kin. We contact people either because we think they might be the beneficiaries to an estate or because they could know the person or family we seek.
Other scenarios include cases where a person has died leaving a will, but the heirs can’t be traced or have passed away themselves. The original will might not be valid any longer—this is referred to intestacy too, or partial intestacy.
Other times, we look for the legitimate heirs to unclaimed assets, where bank accounts, funds, shares or properties have lain dormant or unclaimed for some time. While our work can include other instances, in all the cases we handle there can only ever be a positive financial benefit.
Most of our work comes to us through solicitors, though we sometimes research cases ourselves if we’re notified by friends or neighbours of someone who has died and appears to have had no next of kin or close-by family. And we also look at estates via the Bona Vacantia list, which updates on a daily basis.
What should you do if you are contacted?
If you would like to get in touch with Finders International regarding tracing heirs or assets to estates, please contact us today on Freephone 0800 085 8796, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.