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Results that serve to reinforce our resolve to connect estates with their rightful heirS, like you! Some of the names here have been altered or changed to protect the identity of the individuals involved with these estate matters. Kemp & Associates is always conscious of the threat of identity theft, and therefore gives paramount importance to the protection of its heirs.

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake was an Heir to this Estate

Ann Stevenson Gillem was born in Illinois in 1905. In researching her estate, we found that Ann was a descendant of one of the most famous political families in Illinois history. Ann’s great uncle was none other than Adlai Stevenson, the 23rd Vice President of the United States, serving during President Grover Cleveland's second term.

Early on, we discovered Ann had moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Our research soon revealed acting ran in the family. She had another famous relative, her first cousin, Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr., better known as McLean Stevenson, an actor most recognized for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H. Kemp & Associates contacted McLean Stevenson to inform him that he was one of several of Ann’s surviving first cousins and an heir to her estate.

The Case of the WWII Life Magazine War Hero

All that was known initially about Mr. Lott was that he had no close relatives and had spent much of his life suffering from injuries he received in World War II.

While we were collecting the necessary documents to present in court, one family member sent us something quite extraordinary: a cover of Life Magazine dated January 29, 1945, featuring a photograph of George Lott and the caption, “George Lott, Casualty, Odyssey of a Wounded Soldier.” The photo of Mr. Lott shows him sitting in a wheelchair in what appears to be a full-body cast. Kemp & Associates were able to locate Mr. Lott’s cousins and they can now proudly claim their relation to this war hero.

The Case of the Crooked Judge

The decedent passed away in early 2007, without a will and no known heirs. His estate was valued at over 2 million dollars. Oddly, the estate was filed in an adjacent county where the decedent did not live nor have any property. Almost a year later, the estate closed with no heirs ever found. Kemp & Associates began working on the estate in 2008 and located first cousins to the decedent on both sides of his family. Upon making an appearance for the heirs, it was revealed that the decedent's money had vanished!

The money was tracked to the personal bank account of the presiding probate judge. Excessive administration fees had also been assessed to the estate without adequate explanation or justification. In 2008, the judge was convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The money was returned and the estate re-opened. Needless to say, Kemp & Associates' work was instrumental in uncovering this crime, as well as presenting evidence to the proper court authorities that the first cousins we had located were the legal and rightful heirs to the estate. While many estates across the nation escheat (revert back to the state when heirs aren’t found), this is an extreme example of why the service we provide is so essential.

The Case of the Missing Kids

Kemp & Associates identified the estate of an eighty-five-year-old widow who passed away in 2007 in the Pacific Northwest. The decedent died with a last will leaving all of her assets to her two sons. The Court attempted to identify the whereabouts of the two children, to no avail. The will stated that the beneficiaries had to be identified within 90 days or the proceeds would be given to the State. The research staff at Kemp & Associates searched diligently, and over the course of several weeks, identified both children.

It had been many years since the family had lost touch. The sons were unaware of their mother’s death and their right to inherit from her estate. Kemp & Associates secured the distribution of the assets for the two children and, at their mutual request, provided a means by which the two were reunited. At their reunion, the younger sibling learned his brother was mildly handicapped. He offered to help care for him, and the two still live together today.

A FAMOUS US ARMY CAPTAIN CLAIMS HIS INHERITANCE

While researching the estate of Barbara B., Kemp and Associates learned one of the heirs was truly remarkable. Robert "Bobby" Bacon served as an Army Captain in the Vietnam War. During the spring of 1964, he was photographed leading troops through the Mekong Delta. Soon after, the photographer was killed, and this photo graced the cover of Life Magazine. It became one of the most famous photographs from the Vietnam War.

Following his service in Vietnam, Mr. Bacon worked as an officer for the Army Chiefs of Staff. He was involved in organizing the funerals of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968, and President Dwight Eisenhower in 1969. But Mr. Bacon's service did not stop there. He went on to serve as commander of Fort Jackson's 2nd Infantry Brigade from 1976 to 1977. As commander, his unit was selected to lead a program to test gender-integrated Basic Combat Training. The test program was deemed a success and the Army implemented the program Mr. Bacon helped to formulate in February 1977.

Kemp and Associates were honored to help Mr. Bacon claim his inheritance. To this day, the signed copy of his Life Magazine cover he sent as a token of his appreciation is proudly displayed in our office.