How do I trace com­pany shares?

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My mother has left me some shares. I have been un­able to trace some of the companies and won­der if there is an easy and sim­ple way to find out what has be­come of them?

My so­lic­i­tor has sug­gested he might help, but I fear the fee might out­weigh the ben­e­fit. I don’t think the shares are worth very much. I just need to sat­isfy my­self and the other ex­ecu­tor about their sta­tus. Any sugges­tions would be wel­come. FK, LINCS

Try Companies House (com­pa­nieshouse.gov. uk or 0303 1234 500). Click on “Find com­pany in­for­ma­tion” and use the “Beta” or the “We­bCheck” ser­vice. Among the in­for­ma­tion ac­ces­si­ble will be whether a com­pany is live, any pre­vi­ous names, and if it has been dis­solved.

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