Judge orders refund of unfair charges

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Anglia Research has campaigned long and hard against double charging – a practice favoured by many heir hunters who claw back their research costs from the proceeds of an estate, while simultaneously taking a percentage fee from their clients. Up until now there has been no relevant legal case to clarify matters. However, our recent claim against an heir hunter provides some guidance, with a judge ruling that certificate costs were “not a reasonable expense of the estate” but instead “an expense of the finding company”. Philip Turvey reports.

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Following the letter of the law

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One of our promises to our clients is that we will always act ethically and lawfully. Among other things, this means that we never charge for birth, marriage and death certificates. It also means that, as a matter of policy, we check and double check our research results to make sure that estates pass to the correct beneficiaries. At Anglia Research, arriving at a legally sound outcome takes precedence over our own financial interests. In this article, Philip Turvey discusses a case that illustrates this principle.

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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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Four mums in a boat: the story of Yorkshire Rows

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Last year Anglia Research sponsored Yorkshire Rows – four intrepid Yorkshire women who braved hurricanes, sharks, sea sickness and salt rash to row across the Atlantic, becoming the oldest all-female crew to do so. Now, Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies recount their adventures in Four Mums in a Boat, published by HQ, and as one their sponsors we are delighted to report that Anglia Research will be attending the book launch.

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How to keep away from copycats and avoid being phished

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Read our quick guide and avoid being duped by copycat websites and phishing emails.

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