degree of kinship
The level of the relationship between two persons related by blood — for example parent to child, one sibling to another, grandparent to grandchild, uncle to nephew, and so on. This may become important when determining the heirs of an estate when there is no will because most states disburse intestate estates to the relatives with the closest degree of kinship to the decedent.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

degree of kinship
n.
   the level of relationship between two persons related by blood, such as parent to child, one sibling to another, grandparent to grandchild or uncle to nephew, first cousins, etc., calculated as one degree for each step from a common ancestor. This may become important when determining the heirs of an estate when there is no will.
   See also: descent

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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