Wills & Probate
Fraser and Fraser, one of the largest Heir Hunters firms in the UK may face legal costs after they failed to acknowledge the Will of a deceased pensioner on a case that they worked on.
Andrew Fraser, partner in the firm was involved in the investigation of the £600,000 estate of 1930s model, Tessa Amstell. His team found around thirty potential heirs that could benefit from the fortune and took control of the estate on behalf of relatives although in actual fact, Tessa Amstell had written a Will that left her property to her nephew, Martin Amstell and over £122,000 worth of shares to a number of charities.
Fraser & Fraser’s proposed course of action would have earned them a substantial commission if the court had not stepped in and ordered that Martin Amstell and the charities receive their inheritance.
Andrew Fraser is a member of the Association of Probate Researchers who have not commented on the matter.
It has been reported (TodaysWillsandProbate) that The International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists & Heir Hunters (IAPPR) have made the following statement. “It is with great disappointment that we note the recent ‘reckless and cavalier’ [The Times newspaper] conduct of an heir hunter – as exposed in the Central London county court. The conduct reported in this case is shocking in its ‘belligerent and provocative’[The Telegraph] manner and we would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all our members in the UK and worldwide, to utterly and unreservedly condemn such behaviour.“It is saddening to have our industry potentially maligned by ‘rogue’ operators, [Evening Standard] particularly when there are professional and ethical heir hunters and probate genealogist who conduct themselves with an unwavering commitment to professional ethical standards and abide by the code of ethics and conduct of the IAPPR.Tags: APR, Fraser & Fraser, heir hunters, IAPPR