Nominations open for virtual Probate Research Awards
Nominations are now open for the Probate Research Awards which are taking place on the 29th April 2021, hosted by Robert Rinder.
Now in its third year, The UK Probate Research Awards will recognise achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy or ‘heir hunting’ – during a virtual event on 29 April 2021 – and will be hosted by British criminal barrister and television personality, Rob Rinder, star of Judge Rinder.
Unofficially known as ‘The Probies’, The Awards, sponsored by AVIVA, were created in recognition that probate research has grown as a profession that provides an invaluable public service to local authorities and the wider legal industry, while presenting some of the most fascinating stories about family, society and life.
Typical stories range from unexpected windfalls and reunification of families, while investigative efforts from probate researchers, or ‘heir hunters’, have supported councils, solicitors and families around the world – in the process of piecing together next of kin when someone died intestate (without a will).
Geoffrey Odds, company secretary of the International Association of Professional Probate Researchers and Genealogists (IAPPR) commented:
“After years of being consigned to a fringe legal support service, it’s encouraging to watch how each year, this fascinating and helpful industry continues to grow in recognition, and thrive. As ever, it’s of utmost importance that as more people are attracted to work in this global industry, that integrity, trust and professionalism is maintained – and these awards recognise firms that excel in every area of upholding best standards.”
Created by Meerkat PR, the public relations firm, in recognition of the role probate research plays in generating stories of national interest, additional sponsors of The Probies include NALP, the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, Finders International, the global heir hunting firm with a regular presence on BBC’s Heir Hunters and Just Clear – the household clearance company.