What is a Next of Kin certificate?

A Next of Kin Certificate (“pistopoiitiko eggyteron syggenon”) is a Certificate which determines the closest living relatives of a deceased person. It is used for Inheritance Legal Matters and is issued by the Greek municipality the deceased was registered with. In case the deceased was not registered with a Greek Municipality, a Certificate of Heirship (“pistopoitiko klironomitiriou”) is issued from the competent Court in Greece. In the event the deceased was a resident of a foreign country for more than five (5) years and passed away abroad, the competent Greek Consulate can issue a Next of Kin Certificate. For that, the presence of three (3) witnesses who are Greek citizens is necessary who sill state the closest living relatives of the deceased.

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