Definition - What does Kin mean?

Kin refers to relatives who are related by blood. However, kin can also refer to people who are related by birth or by other family ties. For example, adopted children can be kin to non-adopted children in the same family. In the context of the law, kin can determine legal matters such as who an inheritance will be passed on to if there is no will.

Justipedia explains Kin

The laws regarding kin vary from state to state. Some states consider stepchildren kin and some do not. States also have their own policies regarding kin laws. Whether or not a person is kin can be relevant if there is an emergency and someone needs to be contacted. Kin classification can also be very important in property law. Furthermore, if a person dies, his or her next of kin may be called to arrange the funeral proceedings.

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