Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Is there a time limit on making a claim?

There is a time limit of 12 years, but this can increase to 30 years from the date of the death.

    1. I have several cousins and believe I am entitled to the estate. Do I have to share?

If the cousins also have entitlement the answer is ‘yes’. Their entitlement may be more or less than yours depending on where they sit in the order of probate.

    1. What is an Administrator?

An administrator of an estate is someone who takes responsibility for distributing it in a lawful manner similar to an Executor.

    1. What is Missing Beneficiary Indemnity Policy?

This is something recommended on final payout of an intestate estate. This type of policy provides cover for beneficiaries of estates should another successful claim be made. Without it, money a person has received from an estate would need to be re-calculated to include any new claim.

    1. Why can’t the name of the deceased be given to me by a Probate Genealogist who contacts me?

Probate Genealogists do not give out the names of the deceased as they are bound by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to keep personal information confidential. Also all potential heirs to the estate have to be notified. Once this has been done then the Probate Genealogist will release all information to the heirs.

    1. Can a Probate Genealogist give me names and addresses of other members of my family who are beneficiaries?

Probate Genealogists are bound by the DPA, so will not provide information of this sort. However, being aware of the possibility of uniting family members they will gladly pass on any letters to other family members if asked to. Any correspondence asked to be forwarded in such a way should be open for the Probate Genealogists perusal, as to avoid obviously not passing on insulting or aggressive post.

    1. Do I pay anything if the claim on my behalf is not successful or amounts to very little?

There will be no cost or fees whatsoever as Probate Genealogists undertake all research and expenses at their own risk, and not that of their clients. Sometimes a Probate Genealogist may be engaged by a solicitor to find beneficiaries who are entitled under a will but cannot be traced. The cost of that search is met by the solicitor from the estate. If you are tracked down in this way the name of the deceased would be disclosed, but your entitlement still needs to be proved.

    1. How do I know Probate Genealogist charges will not wipe out my entitlement?

Probate Genealogists charges are a percentage of what you receive. They make no extra charge for the cost of research or any other costs they may incur. Therefore it cannot equate to more than you will receive. Typical commissions varies from 20-30% of the amount you become due under the estate. These fees are taken direct from your share of the estate and you receive the net amount.