Probate Heir & Beneficiary Intestate Research Services

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Our Search Services include:

Missing Heir Search
Missing Beneficiaries Search
Missing Legatees Search
Notice to Heirs Search
Quiet Title Search
Mass Tort Plaintiffs Search
Due Diligence Search
Witness to Will Search
Heirs of Wrongful Death Search
Intellectual Property Owners/Copyright Owners Search
Class Action Search

Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights Search


Our Heirship Research Services May Be Required in the Following Circumstances:

      1)   Missing Heir Search: IGS searches for named or unknown heirs in a testate or
            intestate estate. To read our article for selecting an Heir Search Firm, click here.  

      2)   Missing Beneficiary Search: IGS searches for a named beneficiary to a will, trust 
            or insurance policy.

      3)   Missing Legatees Search: IGS Searches for a named individual or an 
            organization receiving property in a will.

      4)   Notice to Heirs Search: IGS searches for heirs when notice is required to be given
             to heirs.

      5)   Quiet Title or Real Estate Search: IGS searches for property owners or people on 
             property title for Clear Title and Quiet Title Action.

      6)   Mass Tort Plaintiffs Search: IGS searches for missing participants or their heirs.

      7)   Due Diligence Search: IGS performs and documents searches that meet the  
             requirement of due diligence. This can be presented in affidavit format, ready for
             court presentation.

      8)   Witness to Will Search: IGS searches for and locates witnesses to a will that 
             cannot be located even with little or no information.

      9)   Heirs to Wrongful Death Search: IGS searches for and locates the family 
             member or rightful heirs of a decedent in a wrongful death suit.

      10) Intellectual Property Owners/Copyright Owners Search: IGS can perform and 
            document diligent searches for cases involving Orphan works in which the
            copyright owner cannot be located. As per the "Orphan Works Act of 2006", 
            
Sec. 514(a)(a)(A): before the infringing use of the work began, the infringer...
            (i) performed and documented a reasonably diligent search in good faith to
            locate the owner of the 
infringed copyright. Also, as per the "Orphan Works Act
    of 2006", Sec. 514(a)(2)(iii): 
A reasonabily available technology, which may
    include, if reasonable under the 
circumstances, resources for which a charge
            of subscription fee is imposed.

      11) Class Action Search: IGS has searched for and located tens of thousands of
             Class Action beneficiaries both nationally and internationally. Our success rate
             usually results in a dramatic rise of the take up rate for our clients.

      12) Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights Search: IGS searches for mineral right heirs for
             clients of energy companies. 
 

These searches are typically required by trust and estate officers at financial institutions or by attorneys specializing in estate and probate, real estate, litigation including class action, mass tort, and wrongful death, and intellectual property.

We also conduct searches to find heirs on behalf of guardians, public administrators, executors and administrators of estates, private fiduciaries, conservators, and trustees.

To learn more about what you need to know about heir searchers and the heir search industry, click here.
 

Search Types


IGS searches for specific individuals or "classes" of individuals, or groups of people (related or unrelated) and provides any required legal documentation and supplementary information, when available, to prove and establish the identities of these individuals or related family members alive or deceased.

 

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Direct Search: Search for one specific named person.  The search can be expanded to locate the person’s issue (children) or the executor of the estate if the person in question is located deceased.


Multiple Search: Search for multiple related people.  The search can be expanded to locate a person’s issue (children) or the executor of the estate if any/all of the search subjects in question are located deceased.

Heirs at Law
: When identifying heirs for an estate or trust, the laws require that the heirs are located in order of consanguinity.  This is especially pertinent for situations of Intestacy, For Notice, or Trust Under Will. 

Lineal Search: Does the decedent have living issue (children)?  If no living lineal descendants survive, the search may be expanded to relatives one generation back – Level I Heirs.

Level I Heirs:  This search comprises the decedent’s parents, decedent’s siblings (whole or half blood) and their issue (nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, etc). Depending on the search’s requirements, heirs may be located on a per stirpes or per capita basis. For example, an only child would have no Level I heirs.  If no living Level I descendants can be established, probate law may dictate that a search be expanded to relatives one generation back – Level II Heirs.

Level II Heirs: This search includes the decedent’s grandparents and their descendants (the decedent’s aunts and uncles, first cousins, etc, of the whole or half blood).  Because distribution laws typically provide for Maternal and Paternal heirs, , this search usually involves two (2) concurrent searches - for the Maternal and Paternal grandparents of the decedent.  IGS can also narrow the scope of the search to just the Maternal or Paternal heirs.

Level III Heirs: Great-Grandparents and their descendants.  Expanding a search to this level is not common.  The majority of research is complete at the Level II heirs.  However, IGS has the expertise to make a determination of heirs, no matter how far back it is necessary to research.




 
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