Information for Lawyers

Abel Associates are a firm of probate genealogists and were established to assist the legal profession in tracing missing or unknown beneficiaries to estates. Our experienced researchers have access to an extensive range of resources, and the expertise to provide solutions to your otherwise 'problem' cases. We pride ourselves on being able to offer our clients a personal service and ensure that you are kept fully informed and in control of your case at all stages of research.

Our in-house library contains the General Register Office index of births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales enabling us to commence work as soon as we receive your instructions to proceed. We have established contacts with researchers worldwide ensuring that international research is rarely a problem.

Each case is unique and we will work with you to establish our most suitable payment structure. After assessment of the information you are able provide, we will normally undertake preliminary searches on a complimentary basis to ensure we are able to provide an accurate estimate of the work involved.

Whatever your requirements, from a full intestacy to the supply of a single document, you can be assured of a thorough, professional and prompt service.


Our Services

Abel Associates expertise in probate and genealogical research can assist legal professionals and personal representatives in a variety of ways including:

  • Full or partial intestacies
  • Tracing missing beneficiaries
  • Tracing missing Executors or Trustees
  • Estate distributions and account schedules
  • Obtaining Missing Beneficiary Indemnity insurance

Official Documents

We also provide a prompt and cost effective service to obtain official copies of the following documents:

  • Birth, death and marriage certificates
  • Adoption certificates
  • Office copies of wills and grants of representation
  • Decree Absolutes

Most of these documents can be provided within 7 days for a flat fee of £10 plus VAT and the cost of the document where exact details are provided. A priority 48 hour service is also available upon request.

Check the fees page for more information on our various costing options.