Why have we contacted you?
We identify legitimate beneficiaries to estates where there are no known heirs. Those we identify are often totally unaware of their relationship to the deceased. You will only be asked to pay an agreed fee direct from your share of the estate, when and if you receive an inheritance.
Heir Hunters is a popular BBC daytime television programme that has been running for over 10 years. Thames Probate’s Head Researcher, Margaret Duncan, appeared in the first series.
In this clip Margaret discusses the case of William Mace who died 19 November 2000, leaving an estate of £12,000. As there was no Will and no known relatives, Margaret had to undertake extensive research to discover the beneficiaries of the estate and on the way she uncovered a secret which lead to a family reuniting.
In many cases, heirs to an estate are known and named in a Will, but sometimes these heirs cannot be found or a Will was never made. In these cases, the nearest next-of-kin can be a distant relative – in fact, beneficiaries may have never heard of the person who has died.
We provide specialist research and support services to the legal professions by tracing missing heirs and beneficiaries to unclaimed estates.
We support all Public Sector departments that require assistance with tracing next-of-kin. We offer a range of services including Asset and Will Search services, Emptying of Properties and providing case report updates within 24 hours.
All beneficiaries of the Will had passed away prior to the deceased. We undertook extensive research throughout Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, finally resulting in one sole blood line beneficiary receiving the entire £68k estate because all other lines had died out.
In this case the lady in question died without leaving a Will, nothing was known of any relatives. After a few weeks of research several blood line relatives were traced. These relatives had no knowledge of their deceased relative or her whereabouts, as she was born out of wedlock and never spoken of in the family. Family photographs from the deceased showed great resemblance to the family members who were traced. The beneficiaries in this estate were most grateful for the family history and the photographs.
In this particular case the gentleman in question died without having made a Will. After some research a male sibling was traced who had not seen his brother for many years and did not know of his whereabouts. The Estate began as a very modest sum, but finally after tremendous detective work by Thames Probate, the Estate value was ten times the original estimate.
If you have an enquiry, would like to refer an estate to us or have a question regarding your case, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.