Experts have launched a new service aimed at quickly informing long-lost relatives about a loved one’s death.
Heir Hunter UK successfully answers 91 per cent of requests to trace missing next-of-kin and is now offering specialist help for solicitors dealing with unclaimed estates or wills.
The company is busy contacting nearly 160 legal firms throughout the North-East with full details of its service.
Among the features is the use of dispatch riders within 24 hours to collect birth or death certificates from registry offices in the region.
The Hartlepool business also has legal access to more than 100 million United Kingdom mobile and landline numbers and 50 million email addresses to assist its searches.
Probate Researcher Sarah Kinnie explained: “This all came about after a leading firm of solicitors in the region contacted us to help find next of kin and were so impressed with our service that we now work with them on a regular basis.
“Two other firms have since contacted us and now we are contacting 156 solicitors throughout the North-East who deal with wills and probate to see if we can help them.
“Not only do we have years of experience, we have access to the information and records which can trace people quickly so it is one less thing for solicitors to worry about.”
Heir Hunter UK, based at Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park, has traced hundreds of missing beneficiaries in connection with unclaimed estates.
Birth and death certificates are used to verify blood ties with estates without wills eventually distributed after the completion of a legal process known as probate.
Founded more than six years ago by Sarah’s parents, Fraser and Tracy Kinnie, Heir Hunter UK’s searches are not restricted to the United Kingdom and success stories include finding relatives as far away as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Sarah added: “We are the only probate research company in this region and it makes sense for us to work together with solicitors so we can locate the heirs to estates much quicker.”
Heir Hunter UK , whose expertise has featured on the BBC Family Finders television show, also specialises in reuniting long-lost relatives with each other.
Its workload is increasing so much that it expects its staff to increase five-fold to 50 by summer next year.
Many of the recruits will have benefited from a new partnership between Heir Hunter UK and Hartlepool College of Further Education in which students complete a work-based apprenticeship tailored to the company’s business needs.
The new specialist service for solicitors costs £100 plus VAT on completion of a successful search and more information is available by contacting Sarah on (01429) 874548 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.