Legal-Ease: How closely are we related?

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

If you die without a will in the state of Ohio, consanguinity can help determine who has the rights to your property. Consanguinity is the practice of identifying how closely two people are related. It’s also known as finding next of kin.

Plenty of complex questions and situations exist when it comes to discussing how closely two people are related to each other. Often the process of consanguinity starts by creating a graphical family tree. From there attorneys will often consult a table of consanguinity to help determine next of kin.

One of my favorite jokes is embodied in the following question: If two University of Michigan fans got divorced, would they still be brother and sister?

Of course, people ask this same question regarding Ohio State fans or people from whatever group or geography that somebody wants to tease, in good nature, of course.

Read Lee’s full article on finding next of kin in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: How closely are we related?

Source:, Legal-Ease: How closely are we related? by Lee R. Schroeder, July 26, 2014

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