There are literally billions of dollars in unclaimed property, lost stock purchases, forgotten tax refunds, and more that can be difficult, if not impossible, to find on one’s own.
An unclaimed inheritance is money or tangible property left behind by an individual after their death that has not been collected by the rightful heir(s). One of the biggest challenges with locating unclaimed inheritances is that often times there other interested parties or heirs attempting to interfere with the process of assets being claimed by their proper owner(s).
If you believe you may be entitled to an unclaimed or misappropriated inheritance, you should hire a private investigator with Trustify that specializes in this type of investigation. Private investigators are skilled at finding missing and misappropriated assets quickly and getting you the evidence you need to get what’s rightfully yours.
What is an Inheritance Investigation?
The purpose of an inheritance investigation is to search for and identify unclaimed or misappropriated inheritance assets that a client believes exist, but that they cannot locate or get access to on their own. In some cases, the client may not even be aware that an inheritance asset exists. There are many reasons why an heir may not be aware of their inheritance, including:
- The heir and the deceased simply lost contact with one another and the heir is unaware the deceased has passed away.
- The heir has gotten married, changed names, or moved far away and the deceased person’s estate is unable to locate them.
- An heir may have attempted to hide estate assets from another heir in order to ride out applicable inheritance time limits and claim the assets for themselves.
An inheritance investigation by a professional licensed private investigator can find the evidence you need to get a judgement in your favor and claim your birthright.
Who initiates an Inheritance Investigation?
Anyone who suspects they may be the rightful heir to an inheritance may initiate an inheritance investigation, including prospective heirs and their attorneys, executors, and other estate representatives.
Starting an Inheritance Investigation
Starting an inheritance investigation with Trustify is fast and simple. Here’s how the process works:
1. Request a Consultation: Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We'll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide a cost estimate for your case.
2. Consult With a Private Investigator: A licensed private investigator will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. You should be prepared to answers important questions like:
- What is your connection to the estate in question and how are you related to the deceased?
- What leads you to believe that you may have a claim to assets of the subject estate? Do you have an idea of what those assets are, where they may be located, or who is currently in control of them?
- Have you ever been contacted by the executor or other legal representative of the estate? If so, when and how were you contacted (letter, court document, email, phone call)? What was the substance of that communication?
- Have you engaged the services of an attorney regarding this matter? If so, who? Trustify often works with attorneys to get the best possible outcome.
- Are you currently involved in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding in connection to your inheritance claim?
3. Investigation in Progress: Once you approve your case, your investigator will begin your inheritance investigation with a search for of all relevant legally obtainable records, including:
- The deceased person’s will
- Bank account statements (deposits, withdrawals, etc.)
- Checking and savings account statements
- Credit card receipts and statements
- Checking and savings account statements
- Loan applications and supporting documents
- Income tax returns
- Insurance policies and policy statements
- Off-shore accounts
- Public records, including reviews of state and local level records (criminal and civil courts, property, property tax, liens, judgments, etc.)
- Records related to the deceased person’s business
- Stock and money market fund records
- Vehicle ownership records
Your investigator will also attempt to obtain all similar legally-accessible records for any person or entity that may currently be in control of the estate assets in question. In addition, your investigator may recommend follow-up services or activities, like surveillance, if necessary.
4. Case Updates and Final Report: Your private investigator will keep you informed of all important developments during the course of your inheritance investigation and will provide you with a final report summarizing all findings once the investigation has concluded. In addition, your private investigator may be available to testify on your behalf in court, if necessary and agreed-upon before the start of the investigation.
What Investigators Will Not Do
Investigators are bound to follow the law and the ethics standards of their profession. Investigators will not act outside legal bounds while conducting an inheritance investigation. For example, an investigator will never attempt to obtain records specifically protected from access by federal or state law, nor will an investigation involve any illicit covert activities. Doing so would only damage the chances of a successful resolution to the matter at hand.