Our services in connection with locating missing heirs or beneficiaries may be billed on a flat-fee basis: we will locate a missing individual in the United States for our minimum flat-fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00) - or there is no fee due. Please note that a flat-fee search applies only in those cases where the client is able to provide our office with the name of the missing heir/beneficiary; for all other searches, please refer to our hourly or percentage-based contingent fee options (below).
Our rate for research in the United States is one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per hour, plus costs. The client initially authorizes a specific number of hours. If we have not completed the assignment at the conclusion of these hours, we provide the client with an interim report and would then require the client’s authorization in order to proceed with further research for a specified number of additional hours. A final report (and, if appropriate, a genealogical chart and documentary evidence marked for use as court exhibits) is provided to the client upon completion of the assignment.
In certain cases, a percentage-based contingent fee negotiated directly with the missing heirs, or their respective attorneys may be a preferable arrangement, as neither the estate nor the personal representative incurs any financial obligation for our fee. Regardless of whether our contingent fee is to be paid as an estate expense or negotiated with the heirs themselves, our search continues until we have exhausted all reasonable means for locating any heirs/beneficiaries. In many cases, we are able to prove there are no heirs, or additional heirs, surviving. Note that we routinely conduct successful contingent searches in virtually every country around the world.
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