Maggie and Andrew are looking forward to retiring to France when their orphaned grandchildren, who they barely know, become their wards. The children are hostile, peculiar eaters and Maggie resentful of the change in plans. Liz is the somewhat helpful housekeeper.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Next of Kin - Next of kin - Netflix
A person's next of kin (NOK) is that person's closest living blood relative or relatives. Some countries, such as the United States, have a legal definition of “next of kin”. In other countries, such as the United Kingdom, “next of kin” may have no legal definition and may not necessarily refer to blood relatives at all. In some legal systems, rights regarding inheritance (which imply a decision-making capacity — for example, in a medical emergency — where no clear will or instructions have been given, and where the person has no spouse) flow to the closest relative (regardless of the age, with a representative appointed if a minor), usually a child, a parent or a sibling. However, there are people without any close adult relatives and, in such a case, decision-making power often flows to a niece or nephew, first cousin, aunt or uncle, or grandparent. For example, if a person dies intestate, the laws of some jurisdictions require distribution of the estate to the deceased's spouse or children. However, if there are none of these, the estate can often be distributed to the next closest group of living relatives, whether they be parents, grandparents, first cousins, aunts and uncles, or second cousins in extreme cases. If a person dies intestate with no identifiable next of kin, the person's estate generally escheats (i.e., legally reverts) to the government. In cases of medical emergency, where a person is incapable (either legally because of age or mental infirmity, or because they are unconscious) of making decisions for themselves and they have no spouse or children, the next of kin may participate in medical decisions made by medical personnel, subject to the specific laws of the jurisdiction. The inability of persons who are not in a legal marriage to make decisions with respect to the care of a live-in partner has resulted in many jurisdictions giving live-in partners rights equivalent to a spouse in such situations, even though most jurisdictions still do not require non-spouses to be made beneficiaries of estates (it is improper in most jurisdictions to disinherit a spouse). The inability of same-sex partners to have rights with respect to a partner's medical care or funeral arrangements over and above those of the next-of-kin is one of the main reasons behind litigation to require same-sex marriage or its equivalent. For the purposes of next of kin, adopted children are treated as blood relatives. However, relatives by marriage are never considered next of kin.
Next of Kin - Order of precedence in the United States - Netflix
“American statutes typically provide that, in absence of issue and subject to the share of a surviving spouse, intestate property passes to the parents or to the surviving parent of the decedent”. Under the civil law system of computation and its various modified forms that are widely adopted by statute in the United States, “a claimant's degree of kinship is the total of (1) the number of the steps, counting one from each generation, from the decedent up to the nearest common ancestor of the decedent and the claimant, and (2) the number of steps from the common ancestor down to the claimant.” “The claimant having the lowest degree count (i.e., the nearest or next of kin) is entitled to the property.” “If there are two or more claimants who stand in equal degree of kinship to the decedent, they share per capita.” Thus, the following conditions determine the usual order of precedence: In the absence of issue (i.e., children, grandchildren, and on down the line) and in absence of your parents and their issue and grandparents and of their issue (termed “inner circle” and are usually specifically mentioned in a statute), relatives who are closer in “degree” to the person in question always take precedence. For the purposes of this point, “To determine any person's degree of relation to the decedent, begin with the decedent and follow the line that connects the decedent with the other person. Each person that must be passed through before reaching the final person adds one degree to the total, including the final person.” “Of multiple relations with the same degree, those connecting through a nearer ancestor are more closely related to the decedent.” Under these rules, an order of precedence is established. Here are the first few in the order (specifically, those up to degree 6): Spouse Children (in no particular order) Parents Siblings Grandchildren Grandparents Nieces/Nephews Aunts/Uncles Great Grandchildren Great Grandparents Great Nieces/Great Nephews First Cousins Great Aunts/Great Uncles Great-Great Grandchildren Great-Great Grandparents Great-Great Nieces/Great-Great Nephews First Cousins Once Removed (the children of First Cousins and descendants of Grandparents) First Cousins Once Removed (the descendants of Great-Grandparents) Great-Great Aunts/Great-Great Uncles Great-Great-Great Grandchildren Great-Great-Great Grandparents Great-Great-Great Nieces/Great-Great-Great Nephews First Cousins Twice Removed (the descendants of Grandparents) Second Cousins First Cousins Twice Removed (the descendant of Great-Great Grandparents) Great-Great-Great Aunts/Great-Great-Great Uncles Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents