Missing Heirs and Estate Research
ProGenealogists peforms missing heir and estate research for law firms and administrators. Our team of professional genealogists is the perfect partner to identify relatives and document their connections to the decedent. ProGenealogists's staff has extensive experience in 21st and 20th century research, in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. We can save you time, money and frustration by putting our expertise in finding cousins and other relatives to work for you. We offer an expedited research service when calendar time is critical.
We offer simple hourly rates. The hourly cost of our labor is the same whether or not the heir's bequest is $25,000 or $250,000 or larger amount. We do not accept percentage based fees offers.
ProGenealogists team of research experts can help you when:
- An estate or trust distribution is held up because some of the beneficiaries cannot be found;
- When proof of relationship to an heir is needed;
- When due diligence is requested by the courts;
- Or, anytime you need help identifying biological family members who are still living from historical records.
Why ProGenealogists for Missing Heir and Estate Research?
ProGenealogists researchers are experts in locating family members in several different geographic regions. Our full-time staff is available to you via a toll-free number and email. You will be corresponding and working directly with the genealogist researching the case.
We have a team of dedicated researchers at the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which houses genealogical records from over 108 countries on millions of rolls of microfilm and over half-a million books. ProGenealogists also maintains a large network of experienced genealogists located at regional libraries worldwide.
How to Get Started
As an administrator or estate lawyer, you will be asked to authorize a specific number of hours and send a retainer. If research needs to continue after the first research session, you would need to authorize additional research based on a specific number of additional hours. We will not exceed 10% of the retainer in labor and expenses without authorization from you. Most initial research sessions are 20 hours in length.
What to Expect
Our forensic genealogy team will produce a summary report, charts showing family relationships, and a separate list of sources examined. The latter is particularly helpful in proving due diligence was undertaken.
We typically complete research sessions in 4-6 months. We can expedite research, if requested. We would work overtime on evenings and weekends to do the work outside our normal workflow. Hence, we will bill a premium rate for RUSH research.