- a person's nearest relative or relatives
- those persons who may be entitled by statute to share in the estate of one who dies without a will
- sometimes, the nearest blood relative as defined by statute
next of kinnext of kin
A woman with her next of kin.
Next of kin is the closest living relative or relatives to a person.
An example of next of kin is a son to a widowed mother.
next of kin
next of kin
nounpl. next of kin
A person's closest living relative, often entitled to inherit the personal property, and in some cases the real property, of the deceased, if that person dies intestate.
- If you are a veteran of one of the branches of the armed service or if you are next-of-kin to a deceased veteran, you can now order copies of a personnel file online using the eVetRecs system.
- In order to qualify as next-of-kin, you must be the child, sibling, spouse, or parent of a deceased service member.
- However, this information is only available to the service member himself or his next-of-kin if he is deceased.
- Those requesting records must complete a Form SF-180 unless the requester is the veteran or next-of-kin.
- Future generations will not be considered next-of-kin and may not get as many details.