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Wills and Probate

The Association of Probate Researchers continues to grow The Association of Probate Researchers (APR), a regulatory body for the genealogy and probate research industry, is pleased to announce that it now comprises three of the biggest probate research firms in the UK: Fraser and Fraser, Treethorpe and Anglia Research.


reethorpe is a genealogy firm whose company values of professionalism, integrity and client focus are in perfect alignment with APR. Michelle Aldous, Head of Operations & General Manager of Treethorpe, commented that “the formation of the APR is an incredible step forward for our industry, and one that provides the opportunity for our team here at Treethorpe to demonstrate their capabilities and experience, whilst importantly, provide our current and future clients with reassurance that they are engaging a reputable firm, and a safeguard should mistakes be made.” Formed in 1979, Anglia Research has provided genealogy services for over 30 years and has established itself as one of the industry’s top firms. The company’s Managing Director, Peter Turvey, said: “The APR is the first and only body to introduce independent regulation to a previously unregulated industry, and we are pleased to have been pivotal in securing a robust constitution for this new organisation.” Treethorpe and Anglia Research join founding member Fraser and Fraser, a firm with over 90 years of experience, who have built a network of European offices and developed partnerships and working relationships with leading genealogists around the world. In her capacity as APR Membership Secretary, Dunni Dickie-Johnson said: “with the continuing high rate of intestacy deaths coupled with the rise of unprofessional and criminal interest in the field of probate research, industry regulation is needed now more than ever before. It is both exciting and

encouraging to welcome as APR Corporate Members, Treethorpe and Anglia Research, two of the industry’s largest and most reputable firms, joining founding member Fraser and Fraser. I am confident that, collectively, we can raise standards across the industry for the benefit of both Solicitors and beneficiaries”. The APR was established as a voluntary, self-regulatory body which aims to bring regulation to the industry and to offer protection to beneficiaries from hobby genealogists and amateurs. The APR safeguards beneficiaries from firms and individuals who believe that they can conduct probate research with very little or no legal training and experience. In the past few years, there have been several cases of fraudulent individuals posing as probate researchers and mis-administering estates which resulted in millions of pounds being stolen from members of the public. The APR provides solicitors, local authorities and the general public with the assurance that if they engage a genealogy and probate research company listed on the APR Membership Directory, that this member meets a very strict code of conduct and has the relevant experience to conduct research. APR members are also subject to independent regulation by the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR) through which heirs are provided access to an independent complaints procedure and compensation policy. For more information the on the APR and PPR, please visit and


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