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What is the order of Next-of-Kin

  • 07 Apr 2017 9:30 AM
    Message # 4725776
    RHIA Administrator (Administrator)
    Who is the deceased individual’s legal next-of-kin?

    Per Colorado Revised Statutes, the legal next-of-kin is designated to the following person(s) and progresses in the following order:

    1. Personal representative or special administrator of the deceased individual’s estate.
    2. The surviving spouse of the deceased, if not legally separated.
    3. A person with the right to direct the disposition of the deceased’s last remains pursuant to a designated beneficiary agreement.
    4. A majority of the deceased’s surviving adult children (biological or legally adopted).
    5. A majority of the deceased’s parents or legal guardians.
    6. A majority of the deceased’s surviving adult siblings.


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