A day in the life of….

23 July 2015

There is a great BBC series called ‘Toughest Place to be a …’ in which British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world. There should be a TV series called ‘A Day in the Life of …’ and an Heir Hunter should be one of the first to feature. The job is so varied and it’s just one part of what we do at FWL.


Today (and  yesterday), I have been up in London clearing a house. As administrators, we took ‘ownership’ of the house at the end of June and, having spent the first day sorting out a whole host of paperwork, photographs and other family memorabilia, it was time to make decisions about furniture and make arrangements for everything to be sold or removed ready to put the house on the market. In the last 24 hours, we have made simply staggering progress. All the remaining paperwork has been sorted and either recycled, shredded or retained and every household item from the mattresses, wardrobes, chest of drawers and tables, to lawn mowers, paint pots, deck chairs and appliances have been removed. The house is empty and ready to be made into a home by potential buyers. Two days. That’s it.

On the way back from London to Wiltshire, I spoke to both of the Senior Researchers at FWL to catch up on the day’s work, Ma & Pa FWL and several clients. Conversations involved issues with assets on an estate which need to be resolved before distribution, copyright and royalties and a potential new member of the FWL Team…. Why waste the travel time? It might as well be maximised!

Returning to the office with contracts to be sent, letters to be written and emails to reply to, it was never destined to be an early finish. It’s such a varied existence for me. I am often asked the question: “What’s your day/week been like?” Quite simple: Bonkers! That fits most days/weeks!

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