Have you been contacted by an Heir Hunter and are unsure what to do ? if so this article explains the important points to know.
Why have I been contacted ?
The chances are that a distant relative may well have died and left no will. If so this means that the deceased persons estate will be subject to the intestacy rules which provide an order of entitlement as to who can inherit. The persons entitled will be surviving blood relatives. Researchers will have identified you as possibly one of those beneficially entitled to the estate of the deceased.
Who has asked the heir hunter to contact me ?
It may well be the case that the deceased died and left no will and a relative is applying for probate and you are a beneficiary, a solicitor may have instructed the heir hunting company or alternatively the deceased’s details maybe with the Governments Treasury solicitors.
Choosing the right Heir Hunter : important points to consider
Always check that the heir hunter is genuine from a credible organization.
Whilst there are a number of heir hunters always look for the following :-
- Do they have professional indemnity insurance ?
- Do they have insurance facilities with Insurers to cover for missing beneficiaries
- Are they registered for data protection ?
- Do they have ISO accreditation ?
- Are the FCA accredited ?
- Do they provide a guarantee that you will only pay any fees at the conclusion of the estate ?
If you need help and assistance with a probate matter, or have concerns relating to being contacted by an heir hunter, please call us on 0845 9011 586.