Using DNA Testing to Establish Rights to Inherit
When a person dies without a will in place, who inherits from their estate is decided by state laws. Those laws rely almost exclusively on biological relationships. Depending on the state, in addition to their spouse,, a person’s blood-related children, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins may be eligible to inherit.
DNA Testing to Settle Estates in the News
This issue was illustrated in highly publicized way in 2016 in the death of the musical artist Prince. Prince died without a will in Minnesota, with an estate estimated to be worth $300 to $500 million. He was not married at the time of his death and had no known children. But over 700 people came forward claiming to be blood-related So the.probate judge in charge of the case ordered DNA testing to be performed for all the people posing plausible claims that they are related. DNA testing can quickly and accurately confirm or dispose of their claims.
DNA Testing Settles the Question Clearly and Finally
Not everyone is as famous or has an estate as large as Prince, but many people face similar circumstances. If you or your child has a possible claim to estate inheritance, you may choose to undergo DNA testing to confirm the biological facts.
Each person’s DNA is unique. DNA testing technology can accurately identify the existence of a biological family relationships. DNA evidence can be used to prove several different family relationships including whether someone is a mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle or cousin to another person.
Other Cases Where DNA Testing May Help
Proving biological family relationships may also be required in claims for:
- Veteran’s benefits
- Social Security benefits
- Life insurance beneficiaries or other “upon-death” arrangements
- Assuming estates, property and trusts
- Other issues of inheritance/estates entrusted to family members
Contact ARCpoint Labs of Austin South for your Inheritance & Estate DNA Testing!
Call ARCpoint Labs of Austin South today for more information on how DNA testing can assist you in your estate-related or inheritance matter.