Deceased Estate, Wills & Probate Investigations

Asset Search for Estates and Executors

Executors have a duty to identify all assets of an deceased estate during probate for the funds and property listed in the Will to be appropriately distributed to beneficiaries and heirs.

Although your lawyer will investigate whether you have grounds to make a claim against the Deceased’s estate, your lawyer may not have the specialist knowledge, on their own, to complete this essential task. After a death, it is fairly common to discover that a decedent’s personal financial records are inaccessible or incomplete.

Fortunately, it is never too late to conduct a due diligence & Assets investigation for unidentified and undisclosed assets. Our private investigators and digital intelligence specialists can identify assets; including real estate and other tangible assets such as vehicles, boats and airplanes. A probate asset search can also reveal ownership interests in business entities, shell corporations, personal living trusts and family trusts.

Our goal is to take the guesswork out of estate administration. Our investigative reports are courtroom-ready and backed by expert-level supporting documents.

Investigation of Probate Disputes

In certain cases, heirs may have reason to believe the executor has breached their duty to the deceased estate by making decisions and distributing assets in a manner that does not comply with the Will and wishes of the deceased. Executors or family members may also be suspected of concealing or hiding assets. These concerns exacerbate the anxiety, frustration, and vulnerability that comes from losing a loved one – and can cause serious division and dissension in grieving families.

For heirs and beneficiaries, we conduct diligent fact-finding to determine if suspicious transfers have been made from an deceased estate. Our private investigator (s) can also conduct investigations of executors and deceased estate representatives, to determine if they benefited personally after gaining access to the decedent’s assets and accounts.

In probate and deceased estate matters, not all fraudulent transfers are made posthumously. They can also occur prior to death, during periods in which a person was mentally or physically incapacitated. Individuals who suffer from end-of-life dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are particularly susceptible to financial exploitation, elder abuse and undue influence. Our comprehensive asset searches typically include details on all transfers of tangible assets, such as real property, within the past five years.  The scope and time-frame of a search for suspect transfers can be expanded upon request.