next of kin
- The closest living relatives to a specific individual, determined by the degree of blood relationship
- The individuals who, under law, are authorized to inherit assets from a person who dies without a will
- After the patient became unconscious, the hospital contacted her next of kin.
- When there was no will left, the estate was distributed to the next of kin, according to the state law.
- The deceased's next of kin were summoned for the reading of the will.