When councils pass heir hunters exclusive leads

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Those who have been following our campaign against anti-competitive practices will know that when local authorities provide heir hunters with exclusive knowledge of an intestate estate they increase the likelihood that relatives will pay higher fees and that entitled next of kin will be overlooked. In this article, we look at yet another case that illustrates the problem.

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A win in our ongoing fight against fraud and bad practice

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Thanks in part to the information and evidence supplied by Anglia Research, we are pleased to report that justice has finally been served: heir hunter Daniel Bates (also known as Daniel Morgan-Bates) admitted to 19 counts of fraud at Portsmouth Crown Court and has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

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Guidance on the use by local authorities of genealogical researchers

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Guidance on the use by local authorities of genealogical researchers when dealing with those who die intestate with no known next of kin, or for other purposes.

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Handling intestacies with no known kin – a code of practice for public authorities

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Here we provide a suggested code of practice for public authorities when dealing with intestacies that occur within their jurisdiction.

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The case for competition: transparency leads to better research

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As we report elsewhere, anti-competitive practices result in inflated prices. This should be self-evident. What may not be so obvious is that when local authorities refer cases to heir hunters on an exclusive basis they risk adversely affecting the quality of research conducted. In this article we explain why this happens, and also suggest some steps that local authorities can take to ensure good practice.

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