Funera Sydney’s Guide to the Duties of a Next of Kin

FUNERA SYDNEY'S GUIDE TO THE DUTIES OF A NEXT OF KIN

In the sombre moments following the loss of a loved one, the responsibility of navigating legal decisions and orchestrating funeral arrangements often falls on the shoulders of the next of kin. At Funera Sydney, we understand the weight of this role and aim to shed light on the significance it holds throughout the processes of estate planning and the creation of a Will.
UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT OF NEXT OF KIN

In Australia, the term 'next of kin' typically refers to the closest living relative of an individual. This could be a spouse, de facto partner, or the nearest living blood relative. The concept is frequently employed in crucial estate planning documents like the Last Will & Testament. When a loved one passes away, the next of kin is usually the first to be notified, unless an alternate emergency contact is specified.
DECODING THE LEGAL ORDER OF NEXT OF KIN

While Australia lacks an official legal definition for 'next of kin,' various pieces of legislation across states and territories help outline the potential hierarchy of senior next of kin. The following order determines who holds the utmost seniority:
  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Eldest surviving adult son or daughter
  • Parent
  • Adult sibling
  • Designated executor in the Will
  • Personal representative of the deceased person immediately before their death
  • Individuals identified by the Coroner as the senior next of kin based on their close relationship with the deceased person before their passing.
  • As you navigate the complexities of funeral planning and estate matters, Funera Sydney is here to assist. Reach out to us for support and guidance.
    RESPONSIBILITIES OF A NEXT OF KIN

    A Last Will & Testament designates an executor to manage a person's estate after their passing. In the absence of a valid Will, known as 'dying intestate,' the next of kin typically steps in to handle the estate. Responsibilities may include:
  • Navigating choices regarding organ donation and potential post-mortem examinations (if applicable)
  • Informing family and friends about the passing
  • Completing the registration of the death and furnishing details to authorities within 30 days
  • Coordinating the funeral arrangements
  • Concluding the financial matters of the departed individual
  • Overseeing the administration of the deceased estate, including assessing asset value and distributing assets to beneficiaries.
  • While the next of kin is not legally obligated to undertake the estate administration process, their willingness to assume this responsibility is crucial.
    *Please note that this article is not legal advice. For specific advice tailored to your personal or financial situation, consult with a legal professional.*
    GRIEF SUPPORT: YOU'RE NOT ALONE

    If you find yourself grappling with grief, seek support from friends, family, or your GP. The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and Lifeline (call 13 11 14) are also valuable resources for immediate assistance.
    For compassionate and comprehensive funeral services, contact Funera Sydney at:
  • Sydney: (02) 9954 6655
  • Sydney (02) 9954 6655
  • Newcastle (02) 4955 1110
  • Wollongong (02) 4243 8755
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    As the global landscape grapples with restrictions on attending funerals due to the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Funera Sydney steps forward to redefine the way we bid farewell to our loved ones. In the era of social distancing, families are increasingly turning to non-attended ceremonies, such as the unique experience offered by a direct cremation, paving the way for later memorials or celebration-of-life ceremonies.
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