"Detective work. History. Unclaimed fortunes..."
Over 300,000 people die without a Will & Testament annually in the UK alone, and there is a serious business involved in tracking down descendants who may be entitled to the deceased’s estate. The government and other organisations regularly issue lists of such “intestate” deaths and “unclaimed assets”. Probate researchers attempt to trace the relatives, bring them the good news – and of course take their commission...
Heir Hunters follows these investigators as they seek to identify, track and meet with the potential beneficiaries – this detective work is a surprisingly competitive business. The stories they uncover often reveal interesting social histories and fascinating family secrets. We witness how the recipients’ lives have been changed by their surprise inheritance of both money and often family they never knew they had, plus we learn how the fascinating process of genealogical research really works.... Read more.