When a person dies they either die having left a valid will (testate) or having left no valid will (intestate). In some cases they may have left a valid will which has partly or completely failed, in which case a partial intestacy arises. Moore Probate Research are employed by the legal sector to locate missing beneficiaries to both intestate and testate estates.
When a person dies without leaving a will the law dictates who benefits from their estate.
Even where a deceased person has left a valid will it may still be necessary to instruct a probate genealogist.
It is the legal duty of the administrator or executor to ensure that all entitled persons receive their rightful share.