Heir Hunters in England and Germany helped unravel the case of Jozef Domanski, a former Worcestershire textile worker from Kidderminster who died without leaving a will and the search for a next of kin took seven years of extensive research and work.
On the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2015, Dale Tisserand and Melani Rodrigue opened the front door to a small white house in Corning, Calif., a town of 7,500 about 115 miles north of Sacramento. The women, who’d been given the keys by local police, are investigators for the office of the Tehama County Public Administrator. They knew the owner had died in the house the previous week and that his name was Eugene Brown.
When a distant family relative dies without a will, relatives in line for an inheritance may rely on the work of probate researchers or genealogy companies. Their detective work, the subject of the BBC’s Heir Hunters, ensures unclaimed money ends up with the relatives rather than the Crown.
Es gab noch nie eine Generation, die so viel erben wird, wie unsere. Aber, es gibt natürlich ein großes "aber": Wer nichts erbt, wird abgehängt. Wir sprechen über das heikle Thema Geld und Erbe, mit einer Multimillionen-Erbin, die die Welt verändern will, mit einer Erben-Detektivin und einer Journalistin, die plötzlich am eigenen Beispiel gemerkt hat: Wer nichts erbt, gehört zu den Verlierern der Gesellschaft.
Sie suchen nach unbekannten Erben. Dabei recherchieren sie in Archiven, bei Standesämtern, in Kirchen und auf Friedhöfen. Ein Honorar gibt es erst, wenn der Erbe gefunden ist.
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