A critical element of Estate planning includes an individual DNA profile. A DNA profile is an inexpensive step to ensure assets are conferred to the individual(s) decreed in legal documents and without dispute.
Estate lawyers, executors and provincial public trustee offices rely on DNA evidence to resolve questions about potential biological relationships.
DNA results provide irrefutable evidence when a person claims to be a child or relative of a decedent, and makes a claim to the estate. DNA testing is the most accurate way of proving or disproving the claimed relationship.
Why Should A DNA Test Be Part of An Estate Plan?
- If an individual makes a claim to your estate, DNA provides conclusive evidence as to whether than individual is a blood relative.
- You may want to preserve your DNA for future generations. If there is ever a family need for research into genetically inherited illnesses, preserving your DNA may benefit your relatives.
- As DNA technology improves, there could be unknown needs and benefits to generations to come.
Generations DNA can provide testing Ante-Mortem Estate DNA Profile
The Process is Simple
A Generations DNA case manager will match the client with a DNA Collection Office. A certified collector will collect DNA by swiping a buccal swab on the inside of the cheek. This is a quick, painless process. The sample will be processed in our AABB accredited laboratory and results are available within 3-5 business days.
Generations DNA will provide an electronic and physical, notarized report that contains your individual DNA Profile. This document is a court admissible testimony to your DNA Profile. An estate lawyer or executor can attach the report to the will in case there is a claim on the estate. The profile can also be used for genetic testing for inherited illness.
Post-Mortem DNA Profile
If it is necessary to collect a sample post-mortem, GenerationsDNA can still obtain the DNA necessary for testing and developing the Individual DNA Profile. There are several ways that DNA can be collected from a recently deceased individual.
- Samples can be collected at a funeral home or medical examiner’s facility.
- Pathology samples that were taken ante or post-mortem may be available.
If the deceased person has been buried or cremated, there are still viable options available for collecting DNA for testing.