Welcome to Estate Research, Probate Genealogists and ’heir hunters’ serving the Public Sector and Private Client Legal Sector.

Our expertise lies in tracing next of kin and missing beneficiaries right across the globe.

For the legal sector we have developed an array of services: some of which are free, all of which are designed to overcome problems encountered by practitioners.

For the public sector, we provide free probate genealogy services to councils and health authorities across the UK: we trace next-of-kin and deal with any problems that might arise as a result, we have enabled families to attend to funerals of relatives and reduced the occurrence of welfare funerals - something that we are particularly proud about.

With local expertise and international coverage we have successfully provided unexpected windfalls to beneficiaries at home and abroad.

Established on trust since 2001 we remain loyal to our founding principles of transparency and accountability.

Aidan Hutchings
Managing Director

Private Client

Public Sector


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

The safety of our customers and colleagues is our highest priority. We are making decisions daily to protect our staff and clients and to maintain our service levels during this current period of uncertainty,
We would like to reassure everybody that Estate Research remains open and fully operational but should there be any changes, we will update our website.

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