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.


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


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.


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.


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 membAssociation of Probate Researchersers 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 (ISO 9001) and Information Security Management (ISO 27001) certification.




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

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

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

Expert Witnesses: The Expert Witness Directory has approved both Neil and Andrew Fraser as experts.

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School 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.