next of kin
next of kin
1: one or more living persons in the nearest degree of relationship to a particular individual
2: those persons entitled by statute to receive the property in an intestate's estate compare heir

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

next of kin
I noun blood kindred, blood relation, blood relative, close relative, collateral relative, consanguineal relations, family, family connection, family tie, individual's nearest relative, kin, kindred, kinsman, kinspeople, near relation, nearest blood relation, nearest relative by blood, related by affinity, relation by blood, relations, relatives associated concepts: decedent's estate, heirs II index affiliation (bloodline), blood, kindred

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


next of kin
n.
The living person or people most closely related by blood to someone; the person or people who will take a decedent’s estate under the rule of descent and distribution.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


next of kin
The closest relatives, as defined by state law, of a deceased person. Most states recognize the spouse or registered domestic partner and the nearest blood relatives as next of kin.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


next of kin
n. The individual(s) of closest consanguinity to a decedent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


next of kin
The blood relatives entitled by law to inherit the property of a person who dies without leaving a valid will, although the term is sometimes interpreted to include a relationship existing by reason of marriage.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


next of kin
The blood relatives entitled by law to inherit the property of a person who dies without leaving a valid will, although the term is sometimes interpreted to include a relationship existing by reason of marriage.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

next of kin
n.
   1) the nearest blood relatives of a person who has died, including the surviving spouse.
   2) anyone who would receive a portion of the estate by the laws of descent and distribution if there is no will.
   See also: descent and distribution

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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