Frequently Asked Questions
What is an unclaimed inheritance?
An unclaimed inheritance is the money which is owed to a beneficiary whose relative has died 'intestate' (without leaving a will.)
What is a beneficiary?
Simply put, a beneficiary is somebody who is owed money from a family inheritance or will.
Why have you contacted me?
If you have received a letter from Perane & Co, it’s because we believe you could be a possible beneficiary to an estate we are researching. Your response to this letter will enable us to confirm if you are the correct beneficiary to the relevant estate.
How did you find me?
We use many sources of information to identify beneficiaries, including birth indexes, marriage, death and census records. From this information, we are able to assess whether you are eligible to a portion of an estate.
I've just received a letter, what do I do next?
We include our telephone number on every letter we send out, so if you would like more information, please give us a call.
Why do we want to visit you?
We believe in a face to face service, so after the initial phone call, we like to come and visit you. During this meeting we go through your family tree and discuss the process in more detail and see if you would like to move forward by signing our no win-no fee agreement forms. If you are uncomfortable with a face to face visit, we can send you the forms by post.
How much will it cost me?
We are an open and transparent company and will always explain how our service is paid for. We charge a commission which is paid out of the estate, meaning you won’t need to pay anything out of your own pocket at any point. If the claim is unsuccessful, you are not liable for any costs whatsoever.
What are the benefits for me?
If you're identified as a beneficiary, you will be in line to receive some money from a relative. The windfall could be anything from £20 to £20,000, and you won't have to pay a penny.
How long will it take to get my money?
This will not be an overnight process as we have to find and contact all of the entitled beneficiaries to an estate. This can take anything from six months to a year. However, this rigorous process will ensure that all the beneficiaries to the estate receive the money they are entitled to under the laws of intestacy.
Why should I choose you over another heir hunter?
Unlike a lot of other heir hunters, we will not charge you an expensive upfront fee. If you are a beneficiary to an estate, nothing has to come out of your own pocket. We will simply take a percentage commission from the estate.