Have you been contacted by us?

As an individual, you will usually come into contact with us in one of the following two scenarios: either because we have identified and contacted you as a potential heir, or because you would like to ask us to help you in your own search.

If you have been contacted by us, this essentially means it is very likely that you stand to inherit from someone whom you may not have personally known. This is due in particular to German inheritance law, under which distant and very distant relatives are in some cases entitled to an inheritance, regardless of whether they are still or have ever been German citizens. 

If you have received a letter from us, it is particularly important that you are aware of one thing: you have no need to worry about suffering financial loss as a result of this matter. If we have contacted you, it is far more likely that the opposite will be the case. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us and ask any questions you may have. We will take time to explain the situation to you and will subsequently be on hand to assist and advise you.

If you intend to contact us, this usually means that you would like our assistance with an inheritance case in your family. After a bereavement, grief is naturally at the forefront, followed by the numerous important things that suddenly have to be dealt with. When it subsequently comes to identifying the heirs of the deceased, and possibly proving one’s own right to the inheritance in court, people often find themselves left with a big question mark – what now?

Especially if the deceased had roots in today’s Eastern Central or Eastern Europe, if families were torn apart or if family members entitled to an inheritance have emigrated overseas, it may be difficult to obtain the necessary documents and proof. Events related to the two world wars often play a role – if, for example, a person involved died but his or her death was not officially certified.

International inheritance laws are often strict and complicated. In probate proceedings, succession must generally be fully proven and no allowance is made for the fact that you cannot always submit the documents required because they are very difficult, if not almost impossible, to obtain.

This is where we come in: we specialize in tracing heirs not only in Germany and the other German-speaking countries but also, and in particular, in Eastern Europe. Most of our staff are native speakers of Eastern European languages, enabling us to conduct quick and accurate research into ancestors or relatives of the deceased in many countries, especially in Russia and the post-Soviet states, the Baltic states, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

Whether local archives or online resources –  our team has many years of experience and expertise in the field of research as well as extensive legal knowledge when it comes to tracing heirs and estate administration. Our network of highly qualified colleagues includes lawyers, historians, genealogists and philologists, so even very complex issues can usually be solved quickly within our team, which often significantly reduces the total investigation time required.

We generally work on a success fee basis, meaning that we are only paid once we have successfully and completely concluded our investigations into the case. In exceptional cases, however, we are also willing to conduct investigations on a fee basis. Just get in touch – we are confident that we will be able to come to an agreement. Furthermore, you can decide how much assistance you would like to receive from us. By arrangement, we can just supply a single or multiple documents or, if required, carry out complete investigations. 

If you trust us with your case, we make it a priority to keep you updated on the status of our investigations. Upon request we can, for example, send you regular progress reports by post or email.

Simply contact us for a free initial consultation. We are certain to come to a solution tailored exactly to your specific requirements.