Do you have to use heir hunters?
No, unless you have entered into a contract with the heir hunters, you are in no way obliged to appoint them to deal with the estate.
What happens if you can’t find the heir?
If an Heir Cannot be Found
The administrator of the estate can ask the court to make a preliminary distribution of all other assets that are going to beneficiaries and heirs who have been located, even if the final beneficiary or heir cannot be found.
What do heirs do?
They will gather all assets, pay off any liabilities, and distribute the remaining assets to the individuals considered to be the beneficiaries of the deceased; the heirs-at-law.