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Heir Hunting

Blanchards: Expert Heir Hunters

What is Heir Hunting?

You may have heard of the term from the BBC programme ‘Heir Hunters’. ‘Heir Hunting’ refers to tracing Beneficiaries who would be entitled to an estate. This is carried out when the Intestate (the deceased) did not write a Will. In addition, the family could not be located to claim said estate.  In most cases the Beneficiary will not know the Intestate, being a distant relative. It is our duty to locate the Beneficiaries, inform them of the estate and begin the process of transferring it. You could call us ‘Heir Hunters’.

We are able to locate heirs worldwide at no cost to the public sector.

We will perform a free search for any missing Heirs. This reveals within a short period of time whether or not there are any living Heirs to the deceased. If we confirm there are living relatives we will let you know and assist you further should you require. However, if there are no living relatives we will prove this for you and you can refer the case onward to the Government Legal Department with peace of mind.


What is heir hunting? – We trace missing Beneficiaries for the public sector for individuals that have passed away. This is when they have died in care, hospital or the death has been notified by a council. The Council may contact us in the case of a public funeral, for instance. The official term is probate resesearchers but we are commonly referred to as heir hunters.

How long does it take? – This varies with each case due to location and other variables. Usually no longer than a week to gain some information.

Why do we do it? – This is done to locate their heirs and rightful Beneficiaries to the estate. The relatives must be informed, and the remaining estate must go to the entitled Beneficiaries assuming there is no will.

Do we charge? – Yes we charge the Beneficiaries a fixed rate percentage from the estate for finding them.

We believe that our modern methods of research, coupled with the traditional techniques that most companies use, make our ability to find someone or something almost unparalleled. Undoubtedly, our unique skill set makes us very capable Heir Hunters.

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