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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Kinswoman
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 18:32:39 +0000
In message <00aa01c6022c$15b5f260$>, "A. Day"
>Does next of kin have to legally be a relative
yes, by definition. It isoever stands in the nearest blood relationship,
either side, even if this is rather distant.
>?I ask because a blind friend
>with no relatives here has asked me to be hers
You can act as 'Next friend' if all she wants is someone to be in touch
with if anything is needed.
Or hold a power of attorney for her, if she needs things signed or
business matters handled, house sold etc. - get it done properly by a
solicitor, or complications can arise. A friend of mine is acting for a
friend who is now mentally unable to cope. It has caused her great
expense she cannot legally reclaim and she feels morally bound to see it
through. And someone unscrupulous has transferred the estate to his own
account, because there was no proper paperwork.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society