Heir hunters: Philip Turvey, Executive Director at Anglia Research, speaks about the importance of ethical practice and transparency in the highly unregulated probate genealogy industry
, 2021-07-08 02:00:00,
Anglia Research prides on self-regulation to ensure assets and wealth of the deceased are distributed fairly
The investigative side of the probate genealogy sector has always been an interest for me, Philip Turvey tells me. I still, to this day, get a huge rush of adrenaline when I’m trying to crack a case and find a snippet of information which helps trace someone or identifies a particular family member.
Anglia Research was founded in 1979 by Philip’s father, Peter Turvey, who was adopted at a young age. Peter was raised in Lancashire by his biological mother and adoptive father. He longed to meet his biological father but had no records of him or resources to begin his search. He later moved to the Ipswich area, where he began his hunt and coincidentally, found that his biological family was also based in that area. He then realised there was a need to help other people located their long-lost relatives ‘ and the idea for Anglia Research was born. Anglia Research is a large, well-established probate genealogy company, providing genealogy services for solicitors and several charities including adoption tracing services, asset reunification and probate genealogy. More commonly known as heir hunting, Anglia Research specialises in the practice of professionals tracing next of kin when a person dies without a will. According to Which?, 54% of UK adults don’t have a will and could die intestate, complicating the distribution of their wealth. Probate genealogists…
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