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Next of kin?

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State: Alaska
If a married couple has insurance policy's and the 1st beneficiary is each other, and both die together, and the 2nd listing for beneficiary is simply: next of kin -- is a step-child considered next of kin, or would it be the deceased's parents?



if you look in the Alaska Statutes, you will find all the legalese re the inheiritance laws for alaska. I did look, and step-child is not considered to be a rightful heir from what I read. However, it may be different in another part of the law. From what I could determine, the child would inheirit from their biological parent, how ever the non-biological parents estate would probably go to either their parents, or siblings(goto http://freeadvice.com/law/_statecodes.htm, click on Alaska, then go to Title 13 for Probate Law)

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