FIND WHO YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
Seeking out beneficiaries can be a simple or complex task
In cases of intestacy, you may instruct us to conduct research to discover and locate who is entitled to a share in an estate in accordance with the laws of intestacy. Whatever is required, Fraser & Fraser has the proven experience to accomplish it with the skill and tact so often necessary in these circumstances. Our research enables the personal representative to then complete the administration of the estate.
Even in instances when all beneficiaries are known, frustrating delays can be caused by missing documents essential to the completion of the administration. These may include certificates, Grants of Probate or copies of Wills, or historical property ownership. We will search out and obtain certified copies of such documents from the appropriate repositories.
Genealogical research often finds individuals and families moving overseas, which can result in the fascinating area of cross boarder estates. Every country has different inheritance legislation, and sometimes the laws of one jurisdiction overrule those of another. For instance, in France the law of succession in connection with property is paramount; in particular it is not possible to disinherit issue. In response to these international idiosyncrasies, Fraser & Fraser has blossomed internationally with seven European research centres and a network of agents worldwide to provide a knowledgeable and informed identification and localisation in most scenarios.
We are equally happy to assist you for other tasks:
Discretionary trust where the life tenant has recently died, and the remainder are the settlor's nephews and nieces (or their issue), none of whom are named in the trust dead, and the immediate family are all now deceased
Missing persons who may be entitled to share in land, pension trusts, shares, or the residue of the estate of a person who has died, no matter how small or large.
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