Registering the death and arranging the funeral

The case was referred to us by a local Council who had been dealing with the lady’s finances, but knew of no family who could deal with the estate and the funeral arrangements.

Although the deceased had lived in the area for many years, she was originally from Lancashire and this is where the majority of her family had remained. A widow, with no issue or siblings, we quickly got in touch with her 9 remaining cousins and cousins once-removed, including one in Australia and one in America. Within a few weeks, one of her cousins had agreed to act as Administrator and appointed a firm recommended by Finders in their area.

As the beneficiaries had not been in touch with the Deceased for many years and were miles from where she had passed away, they did not feel able to take on the potential complications and responsibility of arranging a funeral in an unknown area. Our recommended solicitors however, being well versed in dealing with cases of this type, were able to register the death by declaration and instructed a funeral director to arrange the burial. We were also able to notify the rest of the family members, so that they were given the opportunity to attend. This meant that the beneficiaries had a solicitor local to them and, yet the funeral could be dealt with promptly and efficiently, with the family’s involvement.


Heir hunters track down lost Hull veteran relative

Heir hunters tracked down the cousin of a Hull veteran to make sure at least one family member could be at his funeral.

More than 350 people paid their final respects to Richard ‘Dick’ Norris on Monday after an appeal was made for mourners to attend his funeral in Driffield.

Mrs Warriner found out Mr Norris the cousin of her mother, Arabella Milnes Norris (nee Fairbrother), when probate genealogists Finders International called her brother.

The company, which is also the star of BBC’s Heir Hunters, decided to try to track down Mr Norris’ family after reading the Mail’s appeal last week.

Mrs Warriner said: “We were surprised when we found out he had died actually because obviously we found him on our family tree, but we thought he must have passed away many years ago. He was 97.

“My mother had been very close to all her cousins when she was younger but they grew apart as they grew older.”

Finders International

M.D Daniel Curran of said:

We looked into the aunts and uncles of the deceased, and in total found six cousins once removed and two cousins twice removed, both on the maternal and paternal sides to the deceased’s family. We are delighted that a cousin, Mrs Elizabeth Warriner attended the funeral. Mrs Warriner was very happy to have been afforded the opportunity to do so.

This article was first featured in the Hull Daily Mail