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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.

Intestate estates

When a person dies without leaving a will the law dictates who benefits from their estate.
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Testate estates

Even where a deceased person has left a valid will it may still be necessary to instruct a probate genealogist.
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Legal duty for personal representatives

It is the legal duty of the administrator or executor to ensure that all entitled persons receive their rightful share.
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Missing beneficiary indemnity insurance

In certain circumstances it may be possible to obtain a missing beneficiary indemnity insurance policy to protect the administrator or executor against future claims.
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Our frequently asked questions and glossary should help answer any questions or concerns that you may have.