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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Next of kin

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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

Your closest relative by marriage or blood. The person who is your next of kin does not have any automatic legal rights to make decisions for you. Next of kin is not the same as power of attorney. If you want to give someone the power to make decisions on your behalf and manage your financial affairs, you need to give them 'power of attorney'.

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