The IAPPR Chairman and UK Media Consultant, Danny Curran, has recently featured an article on CEO Today Magazine, providing relevant insights into some top tips for family tree verification searches.

As highlighted in the article, the probate industry is unregulated however that does not mean there are not bona fide firms that can help with family tree verification.  Firstly it is always best to check a company’s reputation to ensure they are genuine. Finders International, for example, follow voluntary codes of conduct and regulations putting clients minds at ease.

Danny also noted it was important to check the offices listed on a company’s website to ensure they are legitimate, as well as checking they are a member of the International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists and Heir Hunters (IAPPR).

The IAPPR is a voluntary self-regulatory body that represents elite professional firms across the globe. You can read more about the IAPPR’s credentials and accreditations here.

Other top tips Danny suggested was to independently verify the claims made by the family as this can prevent incorrect estate distribution; to be wary of low initial quotes as this may lead to cut corners; and to get an insurance policy against missing or unknown beneficiary claims to protect heirs.

To read the full article that demonstrates the importance of family tree verification click here.