Probate Researchers Law and Legal Definition

Probate researchers are professionals who search for heirs of a particular decedent or find evidence to substantiate the claim of a person made as an heir. In some estates there may be no identified heirs, or there may be missing heirs. There may be also be known heirs from one part of the family, but another part of the family may be unidentified. In all these cases, professional probate researchers trace the heirs and prove their right to inheritance. Probate researchers are also called heir hunters, heir searchers, and forensic genealogists.