They certify the heir status of each beneficiary they find or confirm their rights. The genealogy tree they put together will be attached to the attested affidavit. As a representative of the heirs, they aid estate settlement by being the intermediary for each of the clients with the Notary Public.
A number of professionals and organisations generally use probate genealogist services, in particular:
* Article 36 of LAW n° 2006-728 dated 23rd June 2006 concerning inheritance and donation reform (French legislation)
Except where inheritances are subject to the vacancy or escheat system, nobody may search for, or provide assistance with the search for heirs in an open inheritance or where an asset has been omitted at estate settlement if they are not authorised for this purpose. Authorisation may be granted by any person with a direct legitimate interest in identifying heirs or settling the estate.
No remuneration, in any form whatsoever, and no reimbursement of expenses shall be due to those who have undertaken or worked on the aforementioned operations without having been authorised in advance for this purpose as per the conditions set out in the first paragraph.