Let's Answer Some of Your Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1What does ‘intestate’ mean?
If someone dies without leaving a will, it is referred to as dying intestate.
2Who is entitled to claim an inheritance if a person dies without leaving a will?
Not all blood relatives who have survived a deceased person have an entitlement. Under the Administration of Estates Act 1925, if a person has died without leaving a will and there is no surviving spouse, people who are descended from a grandparent of the deceased could potentially be entitled to share in his or her estate. If you are related by marriage (e.g. if the deceased person was your step-father or mother or your brother or sister-in-law – although your children might be entitled in the latter case), then you have no legal entitlement to share in that person’s estate.
3Will I inherit the estate on my own?
This is unlikely. More often than not, there are other relatives who have a similar family relationship to the deceased.
4Why can’t you tell me the value of the estate?
Quite simply, because we do not know ourselves! Public administrators and solicitors in most jurisdictions around the world do not make these details available to the general public. So, the value of the estate is unknown until we submit a claim on behalf of a potential beneficiary with all the identification required by the Treasury department.
5Can you tell me more about my ancestors?
We provide copies of our research including a family tree as part of our service.
6Can you put me in contact with other members of my family who you have found in your research?
We cannot give out other people’s contact details without their permission as this is against the Data Protection Act. However, if all parties give their consent, we will willingly oblige.