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  • Ramsdens wins prestigious UK award for ‘heir hunting’ excellence

    Ramsdens Solicitors LLP based in Yorkshire has been recognised for their outstanding contribution to ‘heir hunting’, or probate research – the process of helping next of kin become reunited with estates they often had no idea existed, at The UK Probate Research Awards.

    Celebrating the achievements and examples of excellence across forensic genealogy (or heir hunting), the UK Probate Research Awards, presented by the BBC’s Nikki Bedi, took place on 7 February in London.

    Supported by Aviva Legal Indemnities, and the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP),the UK Probate Research Awards – also a global first – were created in recognition of the fact that probate research has emerged as a profession, which provides a constant stream of good news stories while providing an invaluable public and legal service. Welcome windfalls and reunification of families are regular events, while instrumental research and essential services support the legal world.

    Ramsdens, a full practice firm in Yorkshire – was commended by judges for their high levels of service under often difficult and emotionally charged circumstances.

    Paul Joyce, Managing Partner at Ramsdens, commented: “I am proud of our entire Private Client team. Everyone has contributed to Ramsdens winning this award, which is a testament to our lawyers and support teams across our 14 offices.”

    Age UK, the UK’s largest charity supporting older people, benefited from the silent auction which raised £1000,00 on the night.

    Other highlights from the evening included Danny Curran, a star of BBC’s Heir Hunters television programme winning Best UK Probate Research Firm of the Year for his company, Finders International.

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