Success Stories

It’s All in a Name

Sometimes, it really is as simple as a spelling mistake.

A man left a sizeable inheritance to the daughter he hadn’t seen since she was two years old. The problem? Without correct information, it seemed that no one, not even a private investigator, could locate this unknown heir.


After divorcing her husband, Melissa-Anne Mason’s mother took her two-year-old daughter and moved away. Melissa-Anne grew up believing that her father had died in a car accident.

In reality, Melissa-Anne’s father was alive and well, long after the divorce. He had even remarried. When he passed away, he left Melissa-Anne $75,000 in his will. No one knew where Melissa-Anne was or how they could find her, so they hired a private investigator to help. The private investigator, unfortunately, was unsuccessful in locating her, claiming a lack of information. 

With nothing more than her name and date of birth, HeirSearch took over.

Finding an unknown heir requires expert attention to detail 

It turned out that a small mistake had cost the private investigator the entire case. He had misspelled Melissa-Anne’s name and had run a limited number of database searches with the incorrect name. Together, these two actions made it nearly impossible to locate Melissa-Anne.

Eventually, HeirSearch located Melissa-Anne after discovering that her mother had changed her legal name after the divorce. Melissa-Anne received her previously unknown inheritance and the comfort of knowing that her father’s last thoughts had been of her.

Though names had changed and attempts by other parties had proven unsuccessful, HeirSearch’s dedicated and knowledgeable team was able to solve the case.


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