Probate Enquiries

Vilcol provides a rapid, efficient and compliant method to trace beneficiaries named in Wills and or next of kin.

We are aware that the information that you hold may be historical in nature.

  1. If the Will is less than 10 years old there is a good chance that the addresses you hold are reasonably up to date. We recommend our Standard Probate Trace.
  2. If the Will is over 10 years or you do not have a last known address, and to maximise success, we recommend our Probate and Family Enquiries Trace service.
  3. If you are searching for next of kin and have an address which is less than 10 years old we recommend our Standard Probate Trace.
  4. If you are searching for next of kin and have an address which is more than 10 years old we would recommend our Probate and Family Enquiries Trace service.
  5. If you are searching for next of kin and do not have an address we would recommend our Probate and Family Enquiries Trace service.


Standard Probate Trace - Vilcol will assign your instruction to one of our award winning experienced in-house investigators to research your subject. Upon your behalf they will carry out various trace enquiries and follow leads based on the information supplied by you and as a result of any other information gained. Please be advised that we will charge for this service if third party sources confirm that the subject is still resident at the address supplied. All successful Traces have a free 30 day Re-Trace policy.

Re-Trace policy – Vilcol will re-check free of charge any information supplied by us if the request is received within 30 days of the date of our report.

Trace Fee £35.00 on a success only basis with no pre payment fee.

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Probate and Family Trace Enquiries service - Vilcol will assign your instruction to one of our award winning experienced investigators. They will upon your behalf undertake various enquiries and follow leads based on the information supplied by you and as a result of any other information gained. This service will also include Genealogy enquiries and is not limited to one person at a time. We will undertake multiple traces of beneficiaries and next of kin. We will not report until we have either concluded our investigations or reached the end of the hourly limit agreed for the assignment.

This is not a success only service. Fees are paid by the hour. Many people do not know how many hours these enquiries typically take. Call our Client Liaison Department on 020 8390 9988 and they will happily talk you through it.

Fee £75.00 per hour.

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Fees not inclusive of VAT.