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What Is a Next of Kin? Definition, Uses and Importance.

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The people who are closest to you in terms of bloodline when it comes to intestate succession under Florida law.

Next of kin refers to those who are related by blood, marriage, or another legal link such as adoption. This relationship assists in determining who would receive a share of an individual’s inheritance under the laws of descent and distribution in the absence of a will. In this instance, the spouse is considered the next of kin.Inheritance rights apply to everyone who dies without a will and without a spouse or children.

Individuals who survive their relative may also have obligations throughout and beyond their relative’s life. For instance, if a person becomes incompetent, the next of kin may be required to make medical decisions on their behalf or assume responsibility for their burial arrangements and financial affairs following their relative’s death.

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