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My grandmother has five remaining relatives: her younger brother, her daughter-in-law, her son-in-law and two grandchildren. Who is her legal next of kin?

A person’s next of kin is the individual most closely related to them by blood or marriage – in your grandmother’s case her brother but if you’’re asking me who will inherit her money (on the assumption that she hasn’’t made a will) that’’s a different story. If your grandfather is no longer alive the issue of the marriage (children, grandchildren and so on) will inherit the whole estate, and the brother will receive nothing unless your grandmother has left him something in her will. Where the children have died the grandchildren share what their parents would have received under the intestacy rules.

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