We’re Fraser and Fraser – a firm of international probate researchers – you may also know us as heir hunters. We assist the legal profession in tracing missing heirs to unclaimed estates, dormant funds and derelict properties.

Since our formation in 1923, we have solved over 20,000 cases and are committed to delivering professional and cost effective results. As a family run business based in central London, we also have a number of offices and Partnerships worldwide, and are currently run by the third generation – Andrew and Neil Fraser.

With a number of in-house Case Managers, Case Assistants and Researchers who are backed up by a network of Travelling Senior Researchers and International Managers, we work as a team to complete each job with speed and accuracy.

Working alongside the legal profession, banks and a number of divisions within the public sector, each referral is treated on a case-by-case basis, as we pride ourselves on our commitment and clarity. Our clients are diverse and so are their requests, which is why we offer a wide range of services.

1923

Gertrude Christensen, the Great Aunt of Fraser and Fraser’s current Partners, set up her own firm to support lawyers in their genealogical research.

1969

Nathan and Simon Fraser developed the business into an independent, family run Partnership off the back of Gertrude’s work, improving research speeds considerably and developing technical knowledge.

2007

Sons of Nathan and Simon, Andrew, Charles and Neil and Philippe Fraser, become the new Partners, bringing the business forward and integrating modern technology and classic research methods together. Since 2015, Andrew and Neil have taken care of the day-to-day running of the firm.

ACCREDITATIONS

Association of Probate Researchers (APR): Since August 2016 all of our UK and US case managers and Partners (Neil and Andrew Fraser) are now regulated by APR. All members have a practising certificate and follow best practise methods.

ISO 9001 and ISO 27001: Independently audited twice a year for continuing compliance with international standards of Quality Management and Information Security Management certification.

ISO 9001 guarantees our commitment to quality, meeting customer requirements and continual improvements

 

With ISO 27001, clients will be satisfied in the knowledge that we operate a Management System that will endeavour to secure information provided by you and managed by us

 

Financial Conduct Authority: Our insurance mediation is monitored and regulated by the FCA.

  • FCA logoEnsures our work is carried out accordance with current legal requirements
  • Registered number: 472919

 

Association of Professional Genealogists: Neil Fraser is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

  • Every member of the APG signs a code of professional ethics
  • The only globalised association for people working in probate research
  • We are one of the longest serving overseas members

Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management (ICCM): Fraser and Fraser is an Associate Corporate Member.

Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE): Fraser and Fraser is an APSE Approved Member.

 

The CPD Accreditation Service: In 2021, following a very successful 2020 season of dedicated webinars for professionals in the field of private client/probate law and local authorities seeking knowledge of genealogy, Fraser and Fraser were admitted to the CPD Accreditation Service.

School Sites logoSchool Sites Act : After taking a case to the House of Lords over who was entitled to an estate, Fraser and Fraser won the case. Five Law Lords ruled unanimously that the successors of the donors of land for a school site were entitled to the proceeds when the school closed.

  • The only ever genealogy firm to take a case to the House of Lords
  • Shows our meticulous attention to detail and justifies our methodology

 

RICS logoRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: Andrew Fraser, our in-house building surveyor, is a long standing member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • Expertise for assisting with property issues
  • Ensures our work continues until an estate is distributed

 

AWARDS

National Paralegal Awards 2020

Winner: Paralegal Firm of the Year – Fraser and Fraser
Winner: Paralegal of the Year (South) – Neil Fraser
Winner: Paralegal of Year (UK) – Neil Fraser

National Paralegal Awards 2019

Winner: Paralegal Firm of the Year – Fraser and Fraser

British Wills and Probate Awards 2020

Highly Commended: Probate Research Firm of the Year – Fraser and Fraser