Using DNA Testing
After a person dies, a will identifies who will inherit the assets of their estate by name, and then the assets are distributed. If the person dies without a will, the state determines who will inherit any assets from the estate. In this event, determinations are based on familial or biological relationships. In some states, the law may include the spouse of a deceased person, blood-related children, siblings, aunts, uncles and even cousins for inheritance.
In the News DNA Testing to Settle Estates
Following the highly publicized death of Prince, the musician has been all over news. A probate judge in charge of the estate has ordered all persons claiming to be related to the deceased to undergo DNA testing. After the musician’s death, more than 700 people came forward with claims of being a blood relative. The accurate and fast way to confirm or remove the claims of inheritance in this situation is DNA testing.
DNA Testing Removes Questions of Relationships
DNA is like a fingerprint in that it is unique to each person. This technology has been developed to a point that it can accurately identify biological family relationships. This makes it possible for DNA evidence to be used in estate inheritance, paternity cases, and child custody claims. It can prove family relationships including paternity, maternity, grandparentage, and siblingship. This testing has become increasingly important as a tool used to prove familial relationships for estate and inheritance issues.
DNA Testing In Other Situations
Proof of biological family relationships may be required in claims that include:
- Social Security Benefits
- “Upon Death Arrangements” or Life Insurance Beneficiaries
- Trusts, Property or Assuming Estates
- Estates and entrusted estates to family members and other issues of inheritance
- Veterans Benefits
For more information in an inheritance or estate related matter, call ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North.
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