Hannah fixes error by council’s heir hunters

Posted in Case Histories, Fairness Campaigns, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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In this article we examine a case in which a council passed an intestacy to a firm of heir hunters who incorrectly traced as a beneficiary someone not even related to the deceased. It illustrates how councils can misunderstand their obligations in dealing with deaths where there is no known next of kin and the ways in which exclusive deals between councils and heir hunters can lead to mistakes.

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Public Health Funerals: next of kin left vulnerable

Posted in Fairness Campaigns

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Updated government guidance for councils on Public Health Funerals addresses some problems with heir hunters. In this article, we argue that the guidance does not go far enough, but that there are simple ways that councils can improve matters themselves right now.

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Probate Research needs regulation by Government

Posted in Fairness Campaigns, For Relatives, For Solicitors

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Joe Lander, our Business Development Manager, worked for many years for leading financial services companies. Unlike the probate genealogy sector, financial services are regulated by the Government. In this article Joe gives his views on regulation. He concludes that regulation would raise standards in probate research and help drive out the many cowboy ‘heir hunters’.

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Unentitled relatives – when is a relative not an heir?

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

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Despite their apparent simplicity, the rules of intestacy allow ample scope for misunderstanding when people approach them with false assumptions. In this article, Rosie Kelly takes a close look at various intestacy scenarios and explains in detail how the rules work.

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Anglia Research recognised in Parliamentary Review

Posted in For Relatives, For Solicitors

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We are proud to announce that Anglia Research features in this year’s Parliamentary Review, as a “best practice representative” for 2019.

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