Reconstructing Family Trees

Reconstructing Family Trees

If you are dealing with an intestacy, or perhaps a class gift in a Will, then our family tree reconstruction service will give you greater insight into family lines.

We can recreate a family tree with very limited initial information – usually, we can do this even if all you have is the Deceased’s death certificate. We apply the relevant rules of intestacy for your jurisdiction and meticulously descend each family line to investigate all of the entitled heirs (or to prove a negative). We will then formally contact each beneficiary and confirm their identity, regardless of where they reside.

We meticulously descend each family line and investigate all of the entitled heirs.

Reconstructing Family Trees

Recent examples include reconstructing a family tree where the Deceased was born in the Philippines – identifying 76 potential heirs, most of whom still resided in the Philippines; and establishing that there were a surviving nephew and niece to an intestate estate where our client believed the closest family member was a cousin.

Family structures are changing, and we are seeing more complex family trees presented to us. Multiple marriages, adoptions in and out of the family and informal name changes are making this work more challenging than ever before, and it is vital that the family is verified professionally in order that all entitled people are included, and unentitled people excluded. Our expert team of genealogy specialists are experienced problem solvers, so, if you’re presented with incomplete, misleading or even no information at all, we can help you help your client.

Our reports and family trees are accepted by specialist insurers, and we can liaise with insurers on your behalf to obtain missing beneficiary indemnity insurance for estates where we have conducted the research. We make no additional charge for liaising with insurers in this way.

Furthermore, all family tree reconstructions include a free Certainty Will search alongside a distribution schedule in the final report.

Reconstructing Family Trees



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