Monday 6 October 2003 11.59am
Sorry, Hilary, but you are not right.
gives you the rules for inheritance in the event of intestacy in a convenient flow chart.
Pre 1926, next of kin was the expression generally used for person or persons who were entitled to the personal estate of an intestate person, under the Statute of Distributions. Currently there is no legal definition.
More recent legislation, the Mental Health Act 1983 s26 (1) defines 'nearest relatives'.
There is an interesting discussion in Nursing Standard - NOVEMBER 4/VOLUME 13/NUMBER 7/1998 on current procedures regarding next of kin. http://www.nursing-standard.co.uk/archives/vol13-07/v13w07p4749.pdf
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