Frequently Asked Questions

Information for attorneys and other potential clients

If you are looking for a probate resarch company to help you locate a missing heir or heirs, look no further. Research America has been providing heir search services for over twenty years, with experience in locating people worldwide. As a relatively small, family-owned company, we can provide the same high quality service you would get from a larger firm at a lower price - or at no cost to you if the situation is appropriate for a contingent fee.

Please read our FAQ below to see the answers to the most commonly asked questions we get from clients.


How long does it take you to solve a case?

Every case is different, because there are so many variables. Cases with just one missing heir could be completed in a day. However, some cases in which the heirs are unknown turn out to have numerous cousins on the maternal and the paternal side of the family, and these obviously take longer to complete.


Where can you conduct research?

We have many researchers who we work with throughout North America and most European countries.


What do you charge?

Research America has a flexible fee schedule. In cases with specific missing heirs, we will locate them or, if applicable, prove that they are deceased within the United States, for a fee of $350.00.

Research America does fee based projects at the rate of $150.00 per hour. We ask for a minimum of two hours. Clients often approve five to ten hours. Based on the status of the case, we give the client an interim or final report.

In some cases, contingent fees are the best option. These fees are negotiated with missing or unknown heirs once they have been located.


Why should I agree to have you work the case on a contingent fee?

Because contingent fees will not affect the known heirs. Neither the personal representative nor the estate attorney incurs any financial obligation when we do the research on a contingent fee basis.


What should I do next?

If you have further questions or are ready to start a heir search project, please complete the contact form on this page or call us at (386) 503-2276. Our experienced research team is ready to speak to you directly about your needs.

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