5 Things to Do If You Are Contacted By An Heir Hunter
When a distant relative dies intestate there is always the chance that you might have a claim to all or part of the estate. In such cases, a company that offers the services of probate researchers might contact you to help you claim your share. However, there are some risks to consider before agreeing to the services of an heir-hunting company. A company that contacts you out of the blue may not be trustworthy, and even those that are genuine may charge exorbitant fees for their services.
Here are five things to consider if you are contacted by an heir hunter.
How much do they charge?
Even if the company is legitimate, they will charge a fee for their services, usually based on a percentage of the overall amount of your share of the estate. This can range from anywhere between 15% plus VAT to 40%. Depending on the value of the inheritance, you may wish to contact the Treasury Solicitor or the administrator of the estate yourself and cut the middlemen out.
Check the unclaimed estates list
All unclaimed estates in England and Wales are made available online to the public and have been since 1997. You can view the unclaimed estates list on the government website. To make sure that the distant relative in question is genuine, look them up yourself and see if their name matches any on the list. With this information, you may be able to do your own research and make a claim yourself.
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