Legal definition of next of kin
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next of kin

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Next of Kin is a term used to describe person's closest living blood relative or relatives. Usually it is a child, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and so on.
"Next of kin" includes an adopted child or his or her descendents and the adoptive parent of the adopted child. (Texas Probate Code).

Generally speaking, spouses are not next of kin of each other. But when there is a clear indication in a will that the testator intended a spouse as such, this fact will be considered.

If a person dies intestate (without a will) the next of kin will be taking care of the burial arrangements, closing accounts, settling the debts from the body of an estate.
Source: Texas Probate Code. website
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