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Attorney Petitions to Reopen Estate, but Purported Heirs Lack Support

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When an individual dies without a will or heirs, their assets will escheat to the state. Some individuals see this as “free money” and a golden opportunity to profit. In one such case, an attorney filed a petition to reopen a closed estate on behalf of alleged “heirs” to a woman who passed away… Read More »

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Von Langen Celebrates Thirty Years

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We’re proud to announce that 2018 marks the 30th year for Cliff von Langen, a leader in the field of forensic genealogy and international investigations. During these thirty years of providing help with heir location, as well as other services making use of our uniquely-equipped team of investigators and forensic genealogists, we’ve tackled a… Read More »

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What and Who to Know as an Estate Executor

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If you’ve been named as the executor or administrator of the estate of a family member or friend, you may not have experience or familiarity with the need for a determination of heirship proceeding. Locating information on heirs-at-law or beneficiaries may require extensive searching through documents and court records packed with obscure legal terms… Read More »

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Skilled Genealogical Research Disproves Findings of “Heir Hunters”

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The heir hunting industry has a somewhat checkered reputation. Some heir locators will resort to unethical behavior in order to profit off estates with unknown beneficiaries. Some fabricate familial relationships in order to claim a percentage of the purported heir’s inheritance. Others will coerce legitimate heirs into signing contracts with the heir hunting service,… Read More »

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Genealogical History Reveals the True Heir Through the Family’s Journey to the US

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History can become even more compelling when viewed through the frame of one family’s journey, which eventually led us to the truth (despite an heir hunter’s efforts to deceive). When the true heir proved to be uncooperative with an heir hunter, the heir hunter contracted with other “heirs” and filed claims against the estate…. Read More »

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Basic Roles of Guardians and Conservators, and How a Forensic Genealogist Can Help

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As more and more people are living longer, diseases such as Alzheimer’s have become increasingly common. When an elderly person suffers from Alzheimer’s or a related disease and loses the ability to take care of themselves or manage their affairs, local courts may appoint a guardian or conservator (or in some states, one of… Read More »

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What are Important Questions to Ask when Settling a Trust?

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After a relative or loved one passes away, there are many important tasks that will require your attention in the wake of their death. If your loved one had placed their assets in a revocable living trust and named you as the successor trustee, then you’ll need to devote time and attention to settling… Read More »

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Suits to Quiet Title Explained

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When you’re planning to sell a piece of property, you need to be able to confirm that you own the property free and clear. If some financial institution or individual has a legal claim to owning part or all of the property you’re planning to sell, this is known as a cloud or encumbrance… Read More »

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What are Mineral Rights, and What Does It Mean to Inherit Them?

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Finding out that you may be the heir to mineral rights is confusing for many people. What are “mineral rights,” anyhow? Are they real? Are they valuable? How did I inherit them? Find answers to these questions below in regards to inherited mineral rights, and contact a knowledgeable and experienced estate investigator for help… Read More »

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Ethical Duties of Forensic Genealogists

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Genealogy has become a hobby for thousands of people. Many of us fancy ourselves amateur genealogists based on our use of public record databases and internet forums to find out more about our family tree. With growing public access to records databases through the internet, as well as the ubiquity of social media, it… Read More »