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Tales of the unexpected

When relatives show up to claim their slice of an estate, there ?may be others unaware of the potential inheritance, says Fraser & Fraser

21 June 2013

The estate administration process is full of twists and turns. Most notable are the stories that stem from the uncertain territory of intestacy cases. As family ties are investigated and the family tree drawn up, it is common to uncover surprises and secrets that have been concealed over the years and not discovered for generations.

To create an accurate family tree, the experts will often draw on many research methods and sources of information. They know that relying purely on internet-held records may lead to vital facts being overlooked. So traditional forensic methods, such as conducting enquiries with known family, friends and neighbours, are employed to help build a more complete picture of the family members entitled to inherit.

Unearthing these previously unknown facts is precisely the sort of discovery that could complicate an administra...

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