The phone rings and on the other side of the line, a member of our team explains that a part of the inheritance of an unknown cousin is due to you? Well, as implausible and destabilizing as it may sound, this call is indeed true and an estate genealogist of our study will explain and accompany you throughout the process for you to touch this unexpected sum.
In any case, you have been contacted because our study suspects that you have rights in an intestate or testamentary estate.
An estate is qualified “intestate” when the deceased did not leave a will. In that case the heirs status is determined by the Civil Code or the laws where the De Cujus deceased. Often, these are not known by the entourage and must be found by the mixed use of genealogy and investigation.
In the case of a succession bestowed by the terms of a will, the deceased is not obligated to provide information about the legatees, so much that when reading the will, many legatees are completely unknown to the notary, the liquidator and even of the family.
Notaries or lawyers may also be asked to prepare a declaration of heirship, which will describe the different quality and order of right holders in the estate if there is no will. When no heir is known, occurs the problem for the distribution of the assets left by the deceased. The notary, lawyer or liquidator then contacts a Probate Genealogist in order to locate the beneficiaries.