In Search of: Missing Heirs (MCLE)

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A presentation about the use of forensic genealogy to locate missing heirs in various types of legal cases.

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Forensic genealogists utilize the techniques of professional genealogical research and the rules of evidence to identify family lines leading to the identification of living heirs. Their work is applied across a spectrum of legal issues including intestacy, probate, elder care, conservatorship, fiduciaries, oil and mineral rights, adoption, and birth parentage.

This lecture will utilize case studies to demonstrate the challenges of searching for missing, mis-identified, and unknown heirs. It will cover when and how to engage a forensic genealogist, various business models of the heir searching business, and basics of genealogical research.

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Leslie Brinkley Lawson is a forensic genealogist specializing in locating missing heirs, identifying unknown heirs, probate research, due diligence, and kinship determination. Her experience ranges from proving family lines to proving parentage for those unable to speak due to injury or disability (dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia). A national and regional speaker, Leslie is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), a past President of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogists and immediate past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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THE SAN DIEGO LAW LIBRARY WILL BE HOLDING REMOTE ACCESS CLASSES ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS SURROUNGING COVID-19!

The San Diego Law Library is the only community resource dedicated to helping people learn about and use the law to solve problems, access justice and take advantage of opportunities.

For more information, please visit www.sandiegolawlibrary.org or phone (619) 531-3900.

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