Families-Past Genealogy


Email: info@families-past.com



Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: What is Genealogy and Probate Research?

A: Genealogy simply means family hunting. Tracing families back to possibly hundreds of years. This can connect relatives who haven't seen or heard of each other before.

Probate Research deals with finding heirs who are entitled to an inheritance. As Probate Researchers, we find an estate of a deceased person who hasn't left a will. This entitles us to search records to find an entitled beneficiary.


Q: Will it cost me anything?

A: For Genealogy, please visit our dedicated Genealogy and Genealogy Charges pages.

For Probate Research - No, all fees and commissions come directly out of the estate, before distribution to beneficiaries.


Q: How long does it take to complete?

A: In regards to Genealogy it could take between 3-6 months, depending on the package you want. Please see our Genealogy Charges page.

Probate Research - It is difficult to say, as it mainly depends on how complex the case is, what value and how many entitled beneficiaries we find. On average, it would take 3-4 months on a simple case.


Q: How much is an estate worth?

A: We cannot tell you the value as we do not find that out until the case is accepted by the Government Legal Department.


Q: What if the case is not accepted. Do I have to pay anything?

A: No, if the case is not accepted for any reason, we accept full responsibility of any costs.


Q: What do you need from me?

A: After we have researched and found a potential heir, we have to show the Government Legal Department they are directly related to the deceased. To do this, we need 2 forms of I.D dated within 3 months. The Government Legal Department then return the documents Recorded Delivery. This may take a few weeks or up to a several months depending on the complexity of the case. Please do not submit any documents you may need during this time. Only originals are accepted.


Q: How will I receive the inheritance?

A: Once we receive the payment from the Government Legal Department, we take out our commission. The remaining amount is then split equally between all beneficiaries. We will then visit you with a cheque or post it to you with all paperwork and any documentation you provided or we purchased.


We are registered with the ICO (information commissioners office) which all companies dealing with personal data should be. You can check our registration by visiting ICO and typing our business name in.

All personal information received by us is data protected and any unused and unwanted information is destroyed or given to the claimant, after the case is complete.