People finder


My mum has had contact from a probate detective at People Finder, and we think it's legit? We are scratching our heads over the fees. We have absolutely no idea how much is in the estate, if anything at all. There would be solicitor fees, but if there's nothing in the estate, then obviously she doesn't want to be out of pocket.

They have agreed to fees of either to 20% of the net value of the estate, or to 15% of the gross value. What would be the best option? Any advice on this? Anyone dealt with People Finders?


  • Mojisola
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    How would she be out of pocket?
    They charge a percentage of the estate which is taken before the beneficiaries receive their share - potential beneficiaries shouldn't ever have to pay upfront.  
  • Grumpelstiltskin
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    If you Google People Finders an American company comes up.

    They appear not to be a well known Heir Hunter company and I would wonder how legit. they are.

    Have you any idea who has died?
    If you go down to the woods today you better not go alone.
  • Silvertabby
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    As Mojisola says, if they are asking for money up front then assume scam.

  • thegreenone
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    Can you check Companies House?  They should have a registered address etc on the bottom of the letter.
  • Mojisola
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    Assuming this the same company, I would steer clear of them -

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