Heir research

Everything from one source
From searching for heirs to administering estates

All traditions have to start somewhere. Who knows whether Eugen Hoerner expected his American banking business – originally founded by his grandfather as an agency for emigrants to the USA – to evolve over the decades to become one of the longest-standing and leading heir search firms?

This well-established tradition of over 160 years is ultimately a great advantage for you: We are no newcomers to the complex field of international probate research – and so you benefit from our experienced and committed team.

We specialize in the search for heirs as well as obtaining vital statistics records both in Germany and abroad. Furthermore, we often take care of financial settlement of the estate on behalf of the heirs we find and any previously known heirs, too.

Our team
We have more than 25 genealogical experts and legal professionals (usually legal experts qualified to act as probate judges in estate matters in Baden-Württemberg, law graduates and jurists, judicial officers etc.) dedicated to handling estate matters. This team enjoys access to a well-established network of correspondents and excellent relationships with archives, courts and associations around the globe. Our partners provide support in our research abroad and also assist us in obtaining certificates – at no additional cost to the heirs.

Our partners
We foster relations with over 100 cooperation partners around the world. This particularly includes countries with regions that were formerly German territory (East and West Prussia, Pomerania, Upper and Lower Silesia, and the Sudetenland) as well as the remaining areas of Eastern Europe. What’s more, over the years we have also established an excellent reputation for our work in US estate matters.

Our archives
Furthermore, when searching for heirs we can also access our own extensive genealogical archives, which have built up over the decades and are of immense value in our work. As one of the longest-established and largest heir search firms, Hoerner Bank AG is also among the leading players in this field on the international stage.