When the letter arrived, Jeanine* reflexively opened it and then abandoned it on her pile of mail. Surely a mistake. Which family member could she suddenly be the distant heiress of? Her daughter did not encourage her to follow up either: at 74, she was certainly the prime target of scammers who bet on her gullibility. "My sister changed my mind. She had contacted the genealogist who wrote the letter. He had explained everything to her and it was not a scam, we were the heirs of a distant cousin that we did not know, "says Jeanine very moved. At the end of three years of proceedings, they, with his sister and the son of his deceased brother, each received 13,000 euros.
Like Jeanine, 150,000 heirs are found each year by estate genealogists. The profession has a thousand France experts, whose mission is to confirm or reveal rights in the context of unknown, incomplete or uncertain devolutions. Clearly, to look for all the beneficiaries of an inheritance when there are no known descendants or there is uncertainty. Last year, the removal of these doubts made it possible to pay more than a billion euros to their true recipients. And also to update some nuggets.
In the vast majority of cases, estate genealogists...
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