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The Perils of Relying on Heir Hunters Again Made Evident Thanks to Complete Genealogical Investigation

By Von Langen, LLC |

Estate administrators assigned to handle intestate estates often have the unenviable job of determining whether a claim of heirship is valid. When the decedent dies without a spouse, children, or family living nearby, there is no easy way to learn more about their life or family relationships. In one such case, an attorney working… Read More »

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Beneficiary and Heir Notice Requirements Vary Broadly by State

By Von Langen, LLC |

When working as an estate executor, public administrator, trustee, fiduciary, or personal representative, one of your most important—and sometimes, challenging—tasks is locating and notifying the heirs or beneficiaries of their rights or entitlement to a portion of the proceeds. In some cases, the heirs may be known to you or may be clearly identified… Read More »

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Troubling Trend Resulting in Added Work for Estate Administrators

By Von Langen, LLC |

As the experts in forensic genealogy, we’re often contacted when the work of, shall we say, less scrupulous heir hunting companies is being questioned by estate administrators or trustees. Our team at Von Langen LLC has worked hard to build a reputation for providing trustworthy, evidence-based genealogical reports that can be relied on in… Read More »

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Heir Location Service Providers Prosecuted by Justice Department

By Von Langen, LLC |

In recent years, several once-prominent heir location services have been the targets of US Department of Justice indictments for running afoul of the law. Recently, the US Department of Justice has succeeded in its pursuit of three heir location service providers who were accused of conspiring to eliminate competition in the market. Learn more… Read More »

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Profile Describes Important Relationship of Public Administrators and Heir Locators

By Von Langen, LLC |

It’s one thing to hear a basic description of the role that public administrators play when someone dies without having created a will or where there is no executor. The significance of this job is brought into high relief when looking at it in the context of an individual story. A recent profile published… Read More »

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Nevada Law Protects Heirs from Predatory Heir Hunters

By Von Langen, LLC |

If you stand to inherit money from a relative you didn’t know existed, or whom you didn’t realize would leave an estate when they died, you’re left in a vulnerable position. An heir hunter may learn of the existence of an estate and contact the rightful heir(s) about the existence of assets. These heir… Read More »

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The Role of Public Administrators, and How a Forensic Genealogist Can Help

By Von Langen, LLC |

Public administrators are government officials who perform an important service by ensuring that a deceased person’s estate is responsibly distributed. The responsibilities of a public administrator can vary from county to county, but most require assiduously cataloguing the property included in an estate, locating all rightful heirs, and ensuring they receive the portion of… Read More »

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National Guardianship Network Launches New Website Promoting the Good Works of Guardians

By Von Langen, LLC |

The National Guardianship Network, a group committed to promoting good practices among guardians, has recently launched a website dedicated to telling the stories of the work guardians do to protect their wards and keeping its members updated on state guardianship laws. Learn more about the site below, as well as the ways that a… Read More »

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Clark County, Nevada Welcomes New Public Administrator

By Von Langen, LLC |

Von Langen LLC congratulates the newly-installed Clark County Public Administrator, Robert Telles, on his position. Mr. Telles was elected to replace John J. Cahill, who served faithfully as Clark County’s public administrator for over a decade before retiring from the post in 2018. Public administrators play an important role in settling the estates of… Read More »

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Cost-Effective Research Reveals Substantial Family Information

By Von Langen, LLC |

Investigations into the backgrounds of deceased persons regularly reveal surprising facts about the subject and their family history. Even brief investigations by seasoned forensic genealogists can uncover startling truths about the individual’s origins that can upend everything that estate administrators and executors thought they knew about the decedent. In one recent case, our investigators… Read More »