Have You Been Contacted?

Has an HeirSearch researcher contacted you?

If so, you might be a subject of interest in a trust or an estate, or you might be able to help us find an heir or beneficiary. We know these inquiries can come as a surprise, and you might have questions about our process or your role in it.

We promise that we treat all inquiries with sensitivity. We guarantee that we’ll never use our information as leverage for increased fees, unlike our competitors, who may reach out to heirs and require them to sign a contract to give away up to 50% of their estate before disclosing any details.

Is HeirSearch a legitimate company?

Yes. HeirSearch has specialized in providing forensic genealogical services to the legal and trust professions since 1967.

Does HeirSearch operate independently or on someone else’s behalf?

All HeirSearch research is conducted with client authorization. We’re hired by executors, administrators, trustees, fiduciaries, bank and trust officers, and their counsel to locate potential heirs. We will never contact you in search of a finder’s fee.

Why has HeirSearch contacted me?

We’ve likely contacted you for one of two reasons:

  1. We believe you may be entitled to money or assets in a trust, or an estate with or without a will, or
  2. We believe you may have information that can help us in our search.

Will I have to share sensitive family information?

We only collect enough information to help us conduct a thorough search. We do our best to respect personal information and family matters.

Why do you need copies of my personal documents?

We supply our clients with copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates in order to legally prove your relationship to the deceased.

How long will I have to wait to find out more?

Wait times depend on the size and complexity of the search required. Court proceedings and administrative processes can take months, and it may take time for our client to contact you.

How much money will I get?

Our forensic genealogists find missing beneficiaries but we do not handle distribution of assets. The executors, administrators, trustees, fiduciaries, bank and trust officers, and/or counsel in charge of the case will contact you with details.

Will I be charged a percentage of my inheritance?

No. Our fees are paid by our clients, and are never a percentage of your inheritance. Our dedication to finding heirs A Better Way means that we never charge percentage-based fees, unlike most of our competitors.

What if I have additional questions about this case?

Feel free to get in touch with us for further information. However, our research and data are the property of our client. Please direct all requests for specific information to our client managing the file.