Worthington Clark

Over 35 years of specialist experience in genealogy research for lawyers, trustees, companies, executors and beneficiaries
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Kinship proofs – Birth, Death, Marriage, Issue, Divorce

Genealogy research is a field of study that specialises in families and family trees. This research process is diligently conducted with a strict protocol to provide accurate results. Worthington Clark conducts only evidence based genealogy research to ensure that our clients are receiving factual and correct information. Each source is cited and analysed by our qualified genealogists and expert researchers with all potential evidence disputes resolved before presenting our final report. All reports are tailored to individual clients as each scenario and research question are unique, so you can rest assured knowing you are receiving the most unique and individual service possible.

Some of the most common services offered by Worthington Clark include beneficiary/executor location research, intestacy entitlement and interested party research, Re Benjamin research and family tree verification all of which pertain to the legally binding process of estate allocation and appointments. Therefore, these services require equally legally certifiable documentation for evidence. Beneficiary/executor location research is offered if the listed executor or beneficiary of a will cannot be found, whether due to simple circumstances such as legal name change or more complex issues. Intestacy is the situation through which a deceased individual does not leave behind a will, therefore it is a matter of locating and verifying a hierarchy of eligible relatives, both known and unknown for the allocation of the deceased?s estate. Other scenarios call for the identification and the giving of notice to persons who would have an interested in the estate in the event of intestacy (de facto or informal will applications). Re Benjamin research is the process of verifying whether an eligible beneficiary is still alive or not, ultimately relinquishing their right to an estate. Family tree verification is the process of searching for and verifying all known and unknown family members.

These services require legal evidence of familial relationship, known as kinship proofs in order to prove legally binding family relationships between individuals. Kinship proofs include documents such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, adoption certificates, divorce certificates and more. This evidence can be presented in court in order to prove or disprove genealogical claims to an estate.

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