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James Mather
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do have to be related to a person to be named next of kin

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do have to be related to a person to be named next of kin ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

my friend was originally named as next of kin by her daughter but has discovered that her daughter who has just undergone a third operation on a brain tumour has named someone else, not a relation, and an alcoholic, as her new next of kin, who has prevented both her mother and sister from speaking to her. he appears to have taken over her life, flat and bank card

is there anything my friend can do to alter the situation she finds herself in.

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

Next of kin is legally defined as the nearest blood relative. However, for
the purposes of anyone in hospital, next of kin is simply the person who would
be advised in anything goes wrong.

If the person who has been named is, you believe, taking advantage, then
you need to refer this matter to Social Services as abuse of a vulnerable adult
(I assume that she is over 18).

Are you absolutely certain that the daughter is being prevented from seeing
her mother and her sister or is that what she wants?

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