In most cases, heirs to an estate are known and named in a Will; People make Wills to ensure their possessions are in safe hands when they pass away. However, more and more people are passing away without leaving a Will (known legally as intestate). Probate researchers step in when a next of kin can not be easily located. You have been contacted because we believe you are the deceased nearest next of kin. In addition, we also contact people we beleive may have information that could assist us. In most cases the deceased person is a distant relative – in fact, most of our beneficiaries have never heard of the person who has died intestate.
Our Role: Blanchards are a firm or Probate Researchers or Heir Hunters as we are commonly referred. When someone dies intestate, an informant contacts us, be it the Government Legal Department, Councils or the police to trace the unknown relatives. We are specialist people tracers, tracing beneficiaries all over the world and connecting relatives to estates they did not know existed.
We only contact people who we believe have a genuine entitlement. This comes after extensive research into their family tree to establish a bloodline connection to the deceased.
Over the years, we have solved thousands of cases and released millions of pounds for the benefit of our beneficiaries worldwide.
It is not unusual for our clients to initially feel a little cautious and of course we understand this. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.