Buying and selling leads in cases of intestacy

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In this article Peter Turvey discusses a disturbing trend that has emerged in the probate genealogy and heir location sector: buying and selling leads in cases of intestacy.

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Tracing absentee freeholders

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At Anglia Research we frequently locate absentee landlords, or their successors in title, for leaseholders who wish to sell – or extend – their leases, or buy the freehold of their property. In this article, Rosie Kelly summarises the various options open to lessees who are unable to contact a missing freeholder.

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An update to our campaign against double charging

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As a result of our campaign to end double charging for birth, marriage and death certificates, yet another law firm has accepted that our rationale is correct and has obtained a full repayment from the heir hunters involved. Philip Turvey reports.

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How murder affects inheritance rules

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Recently one of our case managers was searching through historic records when she stumbled upon a probate entry for Frederick Walter Stephen West, better known as the infamous serial killer Fred West who died in January 1995. In this article, legal researcher Rosie Kelly, fresh from success in her CILEx criminal law examinations, looks at the rules of inheritance when a murder has been committed and how these have evolved in recent years.

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Double charging: unethical, unjustifiable and rife

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When probate researchers work on their own initiative they must be prepared to underwrite the entire cost of investigating an intestacy themselves. If successful, their expenses, like their overheads, will ultimately be recouped through the fees they negotiate with any beneficiaries that they locate. However, many heir hunting firms are also being paid retrospectively out of estate funds for the cost of the birth, marriage and death (BMD) certificates that they acquired during the course of their speculative research. In this article, Philip Turvey argues that this practice of double charging is unethical, unjustifiable and rife.

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