At Anglia Research we oppose the tendency, among some local authorities, to form exclusive relationships with heir hunters.
When local authorities and other public bodies ignore Government guidance to refer cases to the Bona Vacantia Division and instead provide heir hunters with exclusive leads, they not only encourage excessive fees, they also risk compromising the quality of research.
You can read a brief introduction to the problems caused by these local monopolies here. For those cases where a referral cannot be made to the Bona Vacantia Division or the Duchies, we propose a simple, practical solution that restores competition and transparency (available here). For how to apply this model to empty homes work, see here).
According to the Empty Homes Network “it is hard to see the downside for public authorities and beneficiaries” in the solution we suggest.
When relatives have to be found, we find them fast and at no cost to the public sector. We earn our fees through reaching commission agreements with any heirs we locate.
We invest in our staff and the resources they use. We employ more accredited genealogists, independently regulated and legally qualified staff than any other UK probate research company. These members of staff are all governed by the strict rules of their accrediting or regulating body. The calibre of our team is your best guarantee of a swift and problem-free outcome.