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Next of kin

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03 Apr 12 #321357 by Saffs
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A few weeks ago I was asked for details of next of kin...and realised that now I am separated have no "family" to put down. My children are all under 10 and my family live all around the world and none in UK. I ended up putting a close"ish" friend''s name but was left feeling a bit lost. I know there are probably a few Wiki''s in similiar situation...is a friends name acceptable? Or do I still put exes name down?

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03 Apr 12 #321359 by MrsMathsisfun
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If your not divorced then technically your ex is still your next of kin.

I wouldnt think a friend could be called next of kin as i dont think they would have a legal right to make decisions about you.

You might be able to give a friend power of attorney then they could be considered next of kin but I dont know.

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03 Apr 12 #321370 by cookie2
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From Wikipedia...

"The term has no legal definition in the United Kingdom. An individual can nominate any other individual as their next of kin. There is no requirement for the nominated person to be a blood relative, although it is common. The nominated person must agree to the nomination, otherwise it is invalid. The status of next of kin confers no legal rights and has no special responsibilities, except as referred to below in the specific context of the Mental Health Act."

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03 Apr 12 #321402 by Saffs
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Thanks. Have just been discussing this with a friend and we are in similiar situations and we have agreed to be each other next of kin and just swopped all relevant numbers of our families that live abroad to contact in case of any emergency.

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