Fraser and Fraser support all Public Sector departments in tracing next-of-kin, we offer our support free of charge.
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Search for Next-of-Kin

We understand the steps required in arranging a public funeral. By referring your case to us, we can trace next-of-kin at no extra cost to the Local Authority.

Tracing Relatives

We can trace next-of-kin for you. Once a Local Authority or family has arranged the funeral, we can also put Empty Property Insurance in place through the Blanket Policy.

Search for Documents

We can find documents for you. Other services include Will Search, Asset Search, House Search and House Clearance.

Funeral costs

Local Authorities are then refunded for funeral costs through the estate.


We can sell the deceased assets for you.

Government Legal Department

In the unlikely event we are unable to trace next of kin, we can inform the Government Legal Department for you.

Asset Search
Asset Search

The cost of public health funerals can often delve into the local authority budget. The deceased may have left assets behind. By letting us uncover these, you may be able to claim costs back.

We provide a thorough asset search which includes looking at:
– Dormant bank and building society accounts
– Stocks and shares
– Pension schemes
– Life policies and investment trusts
– Credit checks

Once we have found the assets, how can you recover the costs?

Medallion Signature Guarantee

For those looking to sell or transfer North American securities, Fraser and Fraser can arrange Medallion Signature Guarantees in relation to stocks and shares paperwork, and also assist with the transfer and sale.
We have a broad range of experience in dealing with a variety of holdings, and appreciate every case is different.

Share Valuations

Fraser and Fraser can provide share valuations to ensure you can complete the necessary tax forms when dealing with Inheritance Tax. We can also check on your behalf whether a holding exists.

Transfer or Sell Shares

If you yourself hold or you are administering an estate with UK and/or international shareholdings, Fraser and Fraser can assist with the transfer and sale.

Isle of Man/ Channel Islands Grant of Probate

If you are administering an estate with assets in the Isle of Man or Channel Islands, let Fraser and Fraser assist by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

Additional Research Services

Fraser and Fraser support the Public Sector in tracing next-of-kin mainly, when it’s related to ‘deceased’ case work. However, there may be time when you need our assistance in other circumstances.

We are more frequently being asked to provide additional research whereby the person is not yet deceased.

Due to the nature of the request and the very clear guidelines on how and when this information can be provided, please speak to our experienced team of case managers who can help you each step, with the retrieval of such sensitive information.

For more information, please contact our Public Sector Department on 0207 832 1400 or

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