According to LegalZoom.com, the term "next of kin" refers to a person's closest surviving family member. When a person dies without a will, the next of kin, as determined by laws of intestate succession, inherits the estate.Continue Reading
A married person's next of kin is his spouse. If a person is not married but has children, his children are his next of kin. If a person is not married and does not have children, his next of kin are his parents, followed by his grandparents or his siblings. If a person dies with no living relatives, his estate is conveyed to the state treasury. Next of kin determinations can vary from state to state, according to LegalZoom.com.Learn more about Is This Illegal?