The Association of Probate Researchers (APR) was formed in June 2016 to bring self-regulation in an unregulated industry.
Spearheaded by Neil Fraser, of Fraser and Fraser, the APR’s aim is to bring professional firms within the industry together with one voice to raise standards and offer protection and reassurance to beneficiaries.
Awareness of the industry has grown significantly over the last five years through media exposure and commercial broadcasting shows. With a multitude of ‘hobby’ genealogists entering the marketplace lacking the training, experience or resources to handle cases, beneficiaries are placed at risk. The need for the professional firms in the industry to distance themselves from such individuals and self-regulate has never been more critical.
The Association has been approved by the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR), the fourth arm of the legal profession, as a Recognised Body for Probate Research. This means that all eligible members become a member of the PPR, with a ‘Tier’ rating awarded that is appropriate for their individual experience.
Through the Association, anybody approached as a beneficiary about an unclaimed estate has the comfort of verifying the status of the probate researcher by referring to the PPR register.
Michelle Aldous, Head of Operations & General Manager of Treethorpe commented:
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 both reassurance that they are engaging a reputable firm, and a safeguard should mistakes be made.
Martin Quinn of APR commented:
We are delighted that Treethorpe have joined APR as one of our founding members. It is great to see that their staff are committed to professional standards and are embracing regulation within Professional Probate Research in the UK
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