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A DNA Estate test can be conducted on a post-mortem basis using stored or collected samples

How it works

The determination of the rightful heirs to an estate can be challenging. However DNA testing may be utilized to provide scientific evidence of a biological relationship either through direct testing of a “known" sample from the decedent or through indirect testing of “known" biological relatives of the decedent. Gotta Know Testing conducts such post-mortem testing but also works with individuals and attorneys on an ante-mortem basis to produce a Heritage ID card (i.e. DNA profile and preserved DNA) which can be used on a post-mortem basis should the issue of inheritance come up.

In order to conduct an ante-mortem Heritage ID test, painless cheek swab samples are collected at one of our 7,000 specimen collection sites. In order to conduct a post-mortem DNA paternity, maternity or kinship test, we have trained collectors to assist collect from funeral homes or a pathology or autopsy sample may be used, a funeral home may provide assistance in collecting a sample from the deceased or “known" next of kin may provide samples.

Once the appropriate samples are collected, Gotta Know Testing  facilitates the secure and timely shipment of all samples to our accredited DNA testing laboratory (DDC).

The end result is a Heritage ID card or a DNA test report.

We recognizes that the importance of obtaining and storing a good quality DNA profile and sample for potential future use in resolving an estate matter and recognizes the importance of a variety of DNA technologies to resolve often complicated kinship scenarios that occur in estate cases. To that end, we provide an accurate, confidential and timely service.

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