Kettering solicitors firm wins prestigious UK award for ‘heir hunting’ excellence

Wilson Browne Solicitors, based in Kettering, has won an award based on the excellence of their work in ‘heir hunting’, or probate research – the process of helping next of kin become reunited with estates they often had no idea existed - at the 2020 The UK Probate Research Awards – otherwise known as ‘The Probies.’

Celebrating the achievements and examples of best practice across forensic genealogy (or heir hunting), the UK Probate Research Awards, took place at London’s DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms earlier this month.

Presented by the BBC’s Nikki Bedi, the Awards, supported by the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP), Red-Inc, Just Clear and Finders International, gives recognition to probate research as a profession, which leads to a constant stream of fascinating news and personal finance stories, while providing an invaluable public service.

Having won in the category of Best Probate Law Firm, for central England, Wilson Browne Solicitors covers all areas of private client and commercial law, with offices across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The firm advises individuals on wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and administering estates (probate).

Neelam Maher, partner at Wilson Browne, commented: “We are delighted to have received this award, having been nominated by colleagues across the industry - it’s a fantastic recognition for the work we do and the standards we uphold.”

Alzheimer’s Society, the charity leading the battle against dementia, benefited from the silent auction which raised more than £2500 during the event.

Other highlights from the evening included TV heir hunter, Danny Curran, a star of BBC’s Heir Hunters television programme winning Best UK Probate Research Firm of the Year for his company, Finders International.

Beyond awards: A story of human interest which captured national interest

Margaret Abbotts, 81, of Putney London was a member of the public invited to The Probies, to receive the award for Best Story Of Human Interest. Having led an extraordinary life to date, including surviving The Blitz during the war, polio and having been told she should never give birth, Margaret went on to have four children, and succeeded against all the odds of life.

What she did not know was that she had a half-sister who died intestate (without a will), and that the efforts of probate researchers allowed Margaret to inherit what her sister had left behind. This lucky and unexpected windfall supports Margaret in her well-deserved retirement today. The story was featured on ITV’s This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, in addition to The Daily Mail and Guardian.

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