(PRWEB) December 5, 2008
Delays in finding beneficiaries to wills are reducing the value of many estates, according to the team at Finders, the professional beneficiary hunters. Finders say that falling property prices are adding urgency to the hunt for beneficiaries. While executors search for missing beneficiaries, estate values dwindle in line with the decline in value of any real estate owned by the deceased. The longer the search takes, the less there is to share out.
The advice from the team at Finders (http://www.findersuk.com) is to call in the experts as soon as it looks like there are missing beneficiaries. The speedy distribution of an estate maximises the value that passes to the beneficiaries.
Finders point out that the problem of missing relatives is increasingly common. In the modern world, people move home or emigrate more frequently, and families are more likely to split as divorce rates increase. It's hard to keep track of relatives in a fast-moving world -- and even harder to find them when the generation that knew them has passed on.
Delays over estate distributions are frustrating for the beneficiaries and time-consuming for the executors. However, the genealogists at Finders can help lawyers and executors tie up the loose ends in estate distribution by locating long-lost heirs.
By working their way through estate documents and official records, Finders can trace a huge range of missing persons, such as executors, trustees, settlors, protectors, shareholders, dormant account holders, freeholders of land or property, pension trust or life insurance policy beneficiaries. And if any of those people have passed on, Finders can usually find their successors.
Finding missing people -- and missing assets -- has other benefits. Families are reunited, often with relatives they never knew existed. Finders help people piece together the history of families that were split by wars, hardship, migration, or long-forgotten family feuds.
But usually it's the practical benefits of beneficiary hunting that people value the most. Ordinary people become unexpected heirs to relatives they never knew, while known relatives get their share of an estate sooner rather than later. And in the current economic climate, a speedy distribution is almost always a larger distribution.
To find out more, or to start a search for a missing heir, asset or will, visit http://www.findersuk.com.