Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist®, is a Board-certified genealogist and licensed attorney, and is well qualified in the field of missing and unknown heirs in Pennsylvania estate and trust matters. With over 30 years of professional research and writing experience, and access to numerous legal and genealogical databases and repositories, he has the tools to get the job done for you - professionally, legally and ethically. Mr. Ramage has been qualified as an expert witness in the field of missing and unknown heirs. Michael S. Ramage, author of the “Forensic Specialization” and “Ethical Considerations” chapters in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards,Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2018). In August 2019, he presented “Forensic Genealogy for Death & Dirt Lawyers” for the PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section.
In cases involving missing or unknown heirs, personal representatives or their counsel are required to exercise due diligence in the investigation made to find such heirs or beneficiaries. Qualified genealogists have been approved and given preference by courts to assist personal representatives and their counsel to meet this obligation. It is an improper conflict of interest for an heir finder to charge a contingent or percentage fee. We always charge on a reasonable hourly rate plus costs basis, never on a contingent fee basis. Our forensic practice is currently limited to estates and trusts, and real estate, unknown heir matters arising in the United States; and other forensic genealogy matters (i.e., relating to the law).
Mr. Ramage invites prospective clients including Pennsylvania executors, administrators, trustees, bank and trust officers and their counsel, to contact him for assistance at:
Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG® 720 Argyle Road Wynnewood PA 19096 Call: 484-437-8827 Email: mramage@ForensicGenealogist.Pro