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People inherit properties worth over £100,000 thanks to Oxford 'heir hunters'

PEOPLE around the county have received the surprising news that they have inherited properties worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Law firm Blake Morgan, which operates in Oxford, has won an award for helping reunite people with estates that they had no idea existed – also known as ‘heir hunting.’

One case led by Blake Morgan's Sam Hardy involved a deceased man’s next of kin inheriting a terraced house in Oxford worth between £100,000 and £200,000.

The family, who had to be traced by genealogists, had no idea their relative had left a will, which was tracked down after an in-depth investigation by Blake Morgan.

The executors named in the will were unable to act, and were renounced.

But the family member was one of the parties named and therefore inherited the estate which they later sold.

Blake Morgan was crowned the Best Probate Law Firm in Central England for 'outstanding contribution to heir hunting'.

James Greig, head of the wills, probate, tax and trusts team based in Oxford, said: “The death of a loved one is always difficult and a challenging time and so we provide expert advice, assistance and reassurance to make the process of inheritance as straightforward as possible.

“We are proud to be able to reunite families with their inheritance and see the impact that this can have on their lives.”

Latest government figures show there are some 9,000 unclaimed estates in the UK, meaning that there are many cases where property, money, and other assets remain unclaimed.

The law firm, which provides advice on all aspects of wealth protection and inheritance planning for individuals and their families, was commended by judges for providing expert advice to clients under often difficult and emotionally charged circumstances.

Mr Greig said: “While death can be a difficult subject that many of us choose to avoid, the heir hunting process can be complex and lengthy so our advice is to always make sure that you have arrangements in place to ensure that your final wishes are met.”

The UK Probate Research Awards, the first of its kind globally, were created in recognition of the fact that probate research has emerged as a profession, which provides an invaluable public and legal service.

 

This article has been first published in oxformail.co.uk


Legal fuures : Finders Top Probate Research Firm 2019

Finders International celebrated the start of February with an award – the Best UK Probate Research Firm 2019.

The UK Probate Research Awards held on Thursday 7 February at The Mermaid, Puddle Dock in London highlighted the achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy. Supported by Aviva Legal Indemnities and the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP), the awards acknowledge probate research as an emerging profession and one that provides an invaluable public service.

The winners included:

Best UK Probate Research Firm 2019Finders International

Best International Probate Researcher of the Year 2019 – Ryan Gregory

Ryan Gregory has been with Finders International for sixteen years working his way up through the company to a senior case manager position in the public domain team. He is one of the best-known faces on the popular BBC show Heir Hunters. His most interesting case to date involved a sizeable estate in the UK where the deceased’s family came from the Ukraine. The case presented many difficulties before the area’s geo-political history and the challenges of finding heirs overseas, but when the family were traced, each of them benefited from a large windfall.

Best Property Clearance Firm 2019Just Clear

Just Clear provides professional probate estate clearance with teams in London and all over the UK. The service is available for relatives and executors as well as probate solicitors and court of protection professionals. It includes valuation, complete clearance, recycling, bio-hazardous cleaning if required, chattels delivered, stored or sold at auction and more.

Best Human Interest Story 2019 – Amy Cox (Finders International) and Lawrence Taylor (beneficiary of case).

Best Probate Research Paralegal 2019 – Katie Watson (Finders International)

Best Private Deputyship Firm 2019 – Professional Deputies

Best Community Contribution 2019 – David Lockwood (Finders International)

The Best Community Contribution award recognised David’s work to support councils with their Public Health Act Funeral and Empty Homes responsibilities, as well as being an advocate for local authority deputyship teams, and running free to use advice forums and events for public sector bodies.

Best Probate Research Insurance Provider 2019 – AVIVA

Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research 2019 – Jan-Mathis Holstein

The Best Probate Law Firms 2019

  • UK (Scotland) – McClures Solicitors
  • UK (North) – Ramsdens Solicitors
  • UK (Central) – Blake Morgan
  • UK (South) – Coole Bevis
  • UK (London) – Blandy and Blandy

In addition, the silent auction benefited Age UK and the Dania School bursary to the tune of £1,000.

Commenting on Finders International’s awards, founder and managing director Danny Curran said:

“We are very grateful to all our supporters and international colleagues for their support and are delighted to be recognised as the best in our field in this way.”

For more information about the awards and the winners, visit the Probate Research Awards website. If you would like to contact Finders International please visit the website www.findersinternational.co.uk email [email protected] or call Freephone 0800 085 8796 (UK only).


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Thames Valley: Blandy & Blandy wins regional law award

Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP was among the winners at the 2019 UK Probate Research Awards in London.

On the night, which promised to single out ‘the best of the best’, Blandy & Blandy LLP was named Best Probate Law Firm – London/South East, with partner Caroline Casagranda joined by six colleagues from the firm’s probate, tax & trusts team to celebrate.

Home to one of the largest and most established private client teams in the region, Blandy & Blandy is ranked as a top-tier firm in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers and The Legal 500.

Casagranda said: “We are delighted to have been named as the leading law firm in London and the south east of England advising on probate related matters. Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated and hardworking team.

“We are committed to providing our clients with highly effective legal advice, an understanding, helpful and supportive service and an excellent overall experience and believe that this award firmly reflects that.”

 

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Surrey Comet : Just Clear praised for quality of service and transparency

A Kingston-based household clearance company won the 'best property clearance firm' award at the UK Probate Research Awards.

Just Clear received the award during the presentation ceremony, which took place earlier this month (February 7).

The awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements and skills of forensic genealogists — individuals, groups and companies who specialize in family history and inheritance.

The company was credited by judges who awarded them the prize for their high levels of service and transparency under often difficult and emotionally-charged circumstances.

Just Clear Founder Brenden O'Shea praised his team after receiving the award and also thanked the communities the company works with for their support.

Mr O'Shea said: "It’s not often that companies in our industry are recognised – and we are thrilled to be awarded this prestigious accolade for our work. It is a credit to the teamwork and company culture. It’s all about people and we have identified this as the key element of our success. A huge thanks for all the support."

Just Clear specialize in house clearance and dealing with probate assets — those identified in a deceased person's will — and recently received a letter from the legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough for their efforts to minimize waste.

Their work often confronts them with materials that can be both fascinating and challenging in equal measure.

Among recent finds (pictured) were the propeller of a First World War aeroplane manufactured in Kingston, and unused ordinance shells that forced a street closure in Tooting while Just Clear worked with a bomb disposal unit to remove them from the property in question safely.

This article was first published in SurreyComet


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Just Clear win Best Property Clearance Firm 2019 at the UK Probate Research Awards

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Just Clear are delighted to have been awarded the Best Property Clearance Firm award 2019 at the UK Probate Research Awards!

Thank you so much to all of their clients who they have been able to help out over the past year and the UK Probate Research Awards for acknowledging their work.

The UK Probate Research Awards were celebrated on 7 February 2019 at The Mermaid, Puddle Dock, London and awarded companies for their achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy.

Age UK, the UK’s largest charity supporting older people, received the proceeds of a silent auction on a fantastic Awards night.

This is just the latest in a long list of awards that we at Just Clear are so proud to call our own!

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Finders win multiple awards at UK Probate Research Awards 2019

Finders International has scooped 5 awards at the first ever UK Probate Research Awards 2019.

Finders won the prestigious award for Best UK Probate Research Firm, as well as awards for Best Community Contribution (David Lockwood – Finders), Best Human Interest Story – the case of Barbara Williams, represented by Amy Cox from Finders and Lawrence Taylor, Best Probate Research Paralegal (Katie Watson – Finders), and Best International Probate Researcher (Ryan Gregory – Finders).

The awards ceremony, the first of its kind, was held in London on Thursday 7th February and presented by the BBC’s Nikki Bedi.

The awards recognise probate research companies and individuals that provide an invaluable public service.

Almost £1000 was raised for Age UK and the Dania Scandinavian School in London in a silent auction.

Details on the UK Probate Research Awards 2020 will soon be released.

Find out who else won on the night: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk/main-news/uk-probate-research-award-2019-winners-announced/

Contact Finders to conduct probate research on your behalf. A wide range of services offered, such as missing will service, finding missing heirs and more.

 

This article has been first published in Finders International


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People inherit properties worth over £100,000 thanks to Oxford 'heir hunters'

PEOPLE around the county have received the surprising news that they have inherited properties worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Law firm Blake Morgan, which operates in Oxford, has won an award for helping reunite people with estates that they had no idea existed – also known as ‘heir hunting.’

One case led by Blake Morgan's Sam Hardy involved a deceased man’s next of kin inheriting a terraced house in Oxford worth between £100,000 and £200,000.

The family, who had to be traced by genealogists, had no idea their relative had left a will, which was tracked down after an in-depth investigation by Blake Morgan.

The executors named in the will were unable to act, and were renounced.

But the family member was one of the parties named and therefore inherited the estate which they later sold.

Blake Morgan was crowned the Best Probate Law Firm in Central England for 'outstanding contribution to heir hunting'.

James Greig, head of the wills, probate, tax and trusts team based in Oxford, said: “The death of a loved one is always difficult and a challenging time and so we provide expert advice, assistance and reassurance to make the process of inheritance as straightforward as possible.

“We are proud to be able to reunite families with their inheritance and see the impact that this can have on their lives.”

Latest government figures show there are some 9,000 unclaimed estates in the UK, meaning that there are many cases where property, money, and other assets remain unclaimed.

The law firm, which provides advice on all aspects of wealth protection and inheritance planning for individuals and their families, was commended by judges for providing expert advice to clients under often difficult and emotionally charged circumstances.

Mr Greig said: “While death can be a difficult subject that many of us choose to avoid, the heir hunting process can be complex and lengthy so our advice is to always make sure that you have arrangements in place to ensure that your final wishes are met.”

The UK Probate Research Awards, the first of its kind globally, were created in recognition of the fact that probate research has emerged as a profession, which provides an invaluable public and legal service.

 

This article has been first published in Oxford Mail.


The Probate Research Awards 2019 at the Mermaid, City of London on Thursday 7 February 2019

Law firm Blandy & Blandy scoops honour from Probate Research

A Thames Valley law firm was among the winners of this year’s UK Probate Research Awards.

Held in London on Thursday, February 7, the event promised to single out ‘the best of the best’ – and Reading-based Blandy & Blandy LLP was named Best Probate Law Firm – London/South East, with partner Caroline Casagranda joined by six colleagues from the firm’s Probate, Tax and Trusts team to celebrate.

Home to one of the largest and most established private client teams in the region, Blandy & Blandy is ranked as a top tier firm in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers and The Legal 500.

Ms Casagranda said: “We are delighted to have been named as the leading law firm in London and the south east of England advising on probate related matters. Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated and hard-working team.

We are committed to providing our clients with highly effective legal advice, an understanding, helpful and supportive service and an excellent overall experience and believe that this award firmly reflects that.”

 

This article has been first published in Workingham.

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Ramsdens wins prestigious UK award for ‘heir hunting’ excellence

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP based in Yorkshire has been recognised for their outstanding contribution to ‘heir hunting’, or probate research – the process of helping next of kin become reunited with estates they often had no idea existed, at The UK Probate Research Awards.

Celebrating the achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy (or heir hunting), the UK Probate Research Awards, presented by the BBC’s Nikki Bedi, took place on 7 February in London.

Supported by Aviva Legal Indemnities, and the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP),the UK Probate Research Awards – also a global first – were created in recognition of the fact that probate research has emerged as a profession, which provides a constant stream of good news stories while providing an invaluable public and legal service. Welcome windfalls and reunification of families are regular events, while instrumental research and essential services support the legal world.

Ramsdens, a full practice firm in Yorkshire – was commended by judges for their high levels of service under often difficult and emotionally charged circumstances.

Paul Joyce, Managing Partner at Ramsdens, commented: “I am proud of our entire Private Client team. Everyone has contributed to Ramsdens winning this award, which is a testament to our lawyers and support teams across our 14 offices.”

Age UK, the UK’s largest charity supporting older people, benefited from the silent auction which raised £1000,00 on the night.

Other highlights from the evening included Danny Curran, a star of BBC’s Heir Hunters television programme winning Best UK Probate Research Firm of the Year for his company, Finders International.

This post has been first published in Yorkshire Business.