With GEN-FIND, we will provide you with full service on what you need as legal counsel to move your property case forward. Unlike many other research firms, our preliminary research assessments are free and we guarantee a full review of your case within 72 hours.
We undertake work for missing beneficiaries and heirs anywhere in the world, either thru our own search agents or thru collaboration with our international genealogical agents in other countries.
Whether your case involves searching for the whereabouts of known or unknown subjects, we are here to assist you with that component of any investigation as well.
GEN-FIND is also able to conduct, in some Canadian provinces that have Will registries, Will searches, though at the moment those are restricted to the Province of British Columbia and those registered Nationally. If you have Will search needs outside of Canada, please contact us and we can assess where and if that is possible for those countries.
As a possible client, you have a legal case that requires resolution concerning a property. Likely you and your team are struggling to find some of these individuals to ensure that all of the appropriate persons are found to distribute this property to.
You want due diligence and expert investigations that use the ‘Preponderance of Evidence’ or ‘Genealogical Proof Standard’, along with a case that is conducted in a timely & cost-effective manner to your own clients. At GEN-FIND, we have spent over 40 years helping legal and private clients do just that! We want you to get what you need in an economical and timely fashion.
Any possible genealogical investigation begins with an assessment of the known facts, and objectives, along with budget & time reporting limitations. All preliminary research assessments with GEN-FIND are conducted free of charge, and we guarantee a full review of your case details within 72 hours. Initially, we ask clients, to outline the following to us:
- Identify known facts for us on the case including as much biographical detail on the search subject(s) as possible, including family hearsay, beliefs and copies of any relevant documents found to-date;
- Determine an outline of your objectives;
- Establish a desired maximum budget, if known; and
- Provide us with an approximate time-period that you require the results.
Preliminary research assessments are very general and only provide the client and ourselves with a direction for the investigation and a general estimate of the costs that are likely to be incurred. Thus, our estimate(s) provided in the assessment and the time to fully complete it are just that – estimates. However, clients will be consulted intermittently during the investigation as to how things are going and the fees & expenses that are being accumulated. During any research case, we will never exceed a budget without prior consultation and approval with the client.
Is your firm struggling to resolve your estate or property case because some individuals, who would benefit, are either missing or undetermined as to whom they are? Perhaps they are known beneficiaries or known heirs to the estate but you simply don’t know how to reach out to them?
Establishing rights to legacies and inheritances takes a thorough knowledge of the resources and how to interpret those documents, where to find repositories that hold those documents, and finally high-quality documentation. It takes evidence that will stand up in court. And in the end, it will take reliable evidence to establish proof, along with expert testimony at times, to make your case meet a satisfactory conclusion. You’ll find all that with GEN-FIND.
- Will you have to deal with missing heirs and unknown beneficiaries in the future? Locate all your heirs and beneficiaries today with GEN-FIND. We will search for heirs and beneficiaries whether or not a will exists, and no matter what the entitlement due.
- Keep loose ends tied up by involving everyone necessary in estate administration. Common-law spouses and other claimants can help with the administration of an estate. GEN-FIND can find them, so you can keep them in the loop.
- Be sure to gather all relevant documents at your disposal with GEN-FIND’s expertise. Have all relevant documents like civil vital records, church records, divorce records, and other probate and will documents on hand when you need them the most. Document extraction can be as simple as a phone call to our firm.
- Consider that GEN-FIND has a success rate of 95-97% over 40+ years and thousands of cases. It doesn’t get much more thorough than that. With matters like estates, probate, and family lineages, thoroughness and reliability should always come first. We have one of the best reputations in the industry for well-documented evidence. Refer to some sample reports: News, Knowledge & Resources.
- Priority service. GEN-FIND places probate and estate-related cases at the front of the line. You could have your first report in as early as one week.
- Preliminary evaluations are free and if you find a better written price for the same quoted service, we will beat that price by 10%.
If you are struggling to locate the genealogical documents that you require to prove your case in court, GEN-FIND can help you! If you can’t find any direct and indirect primary evidence to prove relationships, maybe you should be looking for a comprehensive compilation of direct and indirect secondary evidence to help with the proof claim? Our firm can help you with your documentary requirements for your case.
Here our firm can assist you find the following general types of record collections which may be publicly available:
- Records from Personal or Home Sources
- Civil Vital Records ((i.e., birth/marriage/death/divorce/adoption records)
- Court Records
- School Records
- Church Records
- Cemetery & Sextant Records
- Mortuary Records of Burial and Cremation
- Records from Newspaper Collections (e.g., obituary or death notices, funeral notices, business notices, etc.)
- Records from Federal and Provincial/Territorial/State Censuses
- Directory Entries (e.g., phone records, city/county directories, business directories & almanacs, trade directories, etc.)
- Library Source Records (e.g., genealogies, historical articles, county & local histories, etc.)
- Land Registration and Ownership Records
- Immigration and Naturalization Collections
- Military Records
- Employment Records
- Various Provincial/Territorial/State-Wide Records
- Record from Government Institutions
- Records from Various Computer Databases
- Records from Special Collections & Indexes (e.g., personal family papers, surname files, biographies, oral history projects, etc.)
Regardless of whether you are searching for one record or multiple records that may hold primary and/or secondary evidence that you require, GEN-FIND is here to assist you with your needs to help you meet your case objectives!
Are you struggling with a client case where the identity of the next-of-kin is known, but their whereabouts are undetermined? Do you have a case where the next-of-kin is known to exist (or has existed), but you don’t know the identity of that family member or their whereabouts?
Our firm will work with you and your client to try and determine who the family member is, where they once were living, and where they are today. It may be problematic and an invasion of privacy for parties being searched for, therefore, to search for next-of-kin where there is no economic benefit or medical benefit, requests should come directly from legal counsel.
Let GEN-FIND help you decipher your missing next-of-kin case and find the missing individual or family!
To initiate an estate case into probate, often legal clients need to know first and foremost if the Decedent left a Last Will & Testament in order to determine who will benefit from the estate. In many cases legal counsel struggle with this, for often it is difficult to determine: (1) if the Decedent indeed left a Last Will & Testament, (2) where the Will may have been registered if one was written, and (3) determining who may benefit from that estate based upon the details enclosed within the Last Will & Testament or jurisdictional intestate heirship rules.
Not everyone left a Will (intestate) and the vast majority of persons who wrote one may not have had it registered. Often it is up to the Executor to find the Last Will & Testament, which may or may not have been registered, and be only located in family papers and household possessions. Sometimes no local Will Registry facility exists where the Decedent drew up his Will or the Decedent just chose not to register it with other than his or her legal counsel. However, in the case where there was no Last Will & Testament found, the Estate Administrator or Trustee must then probate the estate under The Probate Act of the jurisdiction of the Decedent’s normal residence.
If you are struggling to locate a Last Will & Testament for a case, GEN-FIND can help you if you believe that the Decedent may have registered their Will in British Columbia or Federally in Canada. Sadly, every other province and territory in Canada has no regional-wide registry for Wills, with the vast majority of written Wills only held by the Decedent’s legal counsel. It can be a struggle, though, trying to determine who legally wrote the Will for the Decedent, in Canada. Therefore, it is so important that a thorough analysis be undertaken of all papers in the possession of the Decedent at the time of his/her death, and in consultation with their family, in an effort to find that sometimes elusive Last Will & Testament.
If you are seeking a Last Will & Testament from another country, GEN-FIND may be able to help you locate it.
An Affidavit document is a document sworn or affirmed under Oath and a document for which the truthfulness of the statements must be completely true. They avoid opinion, hearsay, views of other persons, and defamation concerns. The affidavit should, if beliefs are stated, require a reasonable foundation for the belief.
If your firm requires due diligence statements on the research we have conducted for you on a case, GEN-FIND is prepared to write a due diligence affidavit expressing the facts of the ‘who, what, where, and when’ of the research for court purposes.
GEN-FIND offers genealogical knowledge, experience, and a worldwide resource network that achieves high-quality results. Contact our team of qualified forensic genealogists for a free consultation. If you find a better-written price for the same quoted service, we will beat that price by 10%.