Proof of Kinship
Proof of kinship is documentation that verifies an individual’s connection to another person through blood or a family relationship. Vital records are frequently used to establish proof of kinship, either through genetic ties or by marriage or adoption.
Proof of kinship is often required when dealing with inheritances or estates. Since, if a person dies and does not have a will, the rules of kinship will normally decide who inherits their estate. In this case, kinship proceedings may be necessary to determine the deceased individual’s next of kin or concretely prove a claimant’s relationship to them.
To prove kinship to a probate court, you may need multiple documents, including your:
- Government-issued identification
- Family tree
- Birth certificate
- Marriage records
You may also need to provide other essential vital records and legal documents verifying your relationship with the deceased. However, keep in mind that the documents must be valid in the state where the deceased individual lived.