For Attorneys & Administrators

For Attorneys & Administrators

Are all heirs properly accounted for? Since 1935, attorneys, trust officers, government agencies, public administrators and guardians, trustees, private conservators, and financial institutions have relied on American Research Bureau (ARB) to help fulfill their duty of locating any potential missing relatives or unknown heirs across the United States and internationally.  If you need to locate missing, unknown/known heirs, or track down a missing beneficiary that is named in a will, we can provide you with a fast, reliable and effective solution.

Our team of forensic genealogists, probate researchers, and document specialists is highly skilled in locating and documenting all missing beneficiaries.  We can provide documentary evidence including family charts and are qualified to testify as expert forensic genealogist witnesses based on the results of our research.

Try us for free! We will provide you with a courtesy evaluation which may identify potential heirs at no cost or obligation.  If the heirs identified are not located during our initial evaluation, we will provide a quote that includes the estimated time and costs to complete the necessary research requirements.  We will not proceed without authorization or require compensation until the research is successfully completed.

When working directly for attorneys or legal fiduciaries, our fee arrangements may vary depending upon what is required. Our fees are structured to meet the specific needs of each case which may be paid by the estate, from the share of missing heirs, or in other alternative ways.  We do not recommend hourly fees whether research is successful or not; hourly fees typically prolong the research process and provide no real incentive to complete the assignment quickly and efficiently.  Some competitors charge an hourly fee which often results in billable hours exceeding the costs of a standard contingency fee.

We will obtain and prepare documentation to be submitted to the court, including certified records, genealogical charts, declarations or other items necessary to establish heirship.  We certify all heirs-at-law are identified so a correct heirship order can be determined.

We offer fully customized heir location and estate research investigation services to meet our client’s requirements and targeted objectives, delivering clear, measurable results in a timely and efficient manner. Give us a call and let us go to work for you.  Contact Us