Probate

Finders International win esteemed award for second time this year

The global probate genealogy firm, Finders International have won the ‘Best Probate Research Firm of the Year’ award twice in 2020 by two separate judging panels. On Thursday 21 October the Finders team were announced by host Jennie Bond, ex-royal correspondent, as the ‘Best Probate Research Firm’ winners at the British Wills and Probate Awards. […]

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Finders International up for two awards

Finders International, a global probate genealogy company that traces missing heirs to estates, properties and assets, has been shortlisted for the Best Use of Marketing and Social Media and Probate Research Firm of the Year at the British Wills and Probate Awards.  “Outstanding contributions.” Karen Babington, the Director of the Practical Vision Network that runs […]

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Imminent changes to probate fees 2019

Back in November 2018, the Government announced there were to be changes in the way probate fees would be calculated in England and Wales. When the changes eventually take place, probate fees will no longer be charged as a flat fee. They will be paid according to a sliding scale based on the value of […]

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The importance of representation in the administration of an estate

The responsibilities of personal representatives in the administration of an estate are a burden easily taken for granted, simply conferred by a will and happily taken on by a well-intentioned friend or family member of the deceased. In rare cases, however, the obligation can have dire consequences. A recent case involving Inheritance Tax liability (Harris […]

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Free Deputy Development Day for Local Authorities

The first Finders International Deputy Development Day for local authorities is to take place next month on Thursday 14th September (9am to 3.30pm) at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park, London. The theme for the day is how to establish links between the public and private sectors, and speakers will discuss how the two can find […]

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Crowdfunded funerals on the rise

We’re all familiar with the concept of crowdfunding being used to raise money to finance new products or rare medical procedures, but funerals? Welcome to 2017. Crowdfunding for funerals is on the rise in England. When Big Issue seller Peter Toulson last year, a friend set up an appeal to raise £3,000 for his funeral. […]

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Funeral fund launches to help with cost of pauper funerals

Finders International have launched a major social initiative which should benefit hard pressed local authorities and hospitals. When a Public Health Act funeral is being planned, usually at the Council or Hospital’s expense, these organisations can now ask Finders International for a subsidy payment towards this cost by applying to their new Funeral Fund. These […]

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Heir hunter brings integrity and quality to an unregulated industry

A new industry association has recently been launched today for the professional heir hunting industry, with the aim of providing a single authoritative source of opinion and advice. The International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists & Heir Hunters (IAPPR) is the brainchild of Finders International, who featured heavily in the hit BBC1 TV show […]

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More people are dying alone than ever before

Our work at Finders International means we often work to trace the rightful heirs to the estates of those who have died alone and intestate. Dying alone is an increasing phenomenon, and Bridget Jones put it astutely – voicing a horror of dying alone, only to be found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian. […]

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10 things every probate solicitor needs to know

Probate is the process required to get the court’s permission to deal with a dead person’s estate – collecting up assets, paying off any debts and distributing assets to the rightful heirs. If the person who has died has left a valid will, the will usually names the executors (i.e. those responsible for dealing with […]

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