Deceased DNA Matching

Answering Important Questions with Definitive Results

There is life after death in DNA matching, and the staff here at Test Smartly Labs can help you answer some of the most important questions using a sample from a deceased test subject. This is commonly necessary in cases where the death of one person leaves someone else hanging in the balance when the time comes to determine appropriate inheritance allocation. We follow a strict protocol when it comes to our collection process, and we work with you to ensure proper distribution of funds and assets.

What Happens When There’s No Will?

When someone passes away without first drafting and signing a will, it’s up to State laws to decide how assets are divided. In most cases, the hierarchy is as follows:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Nieces/nephews
  • Cousins

With advancements always underway, Test Smartly Labs can use the DNA of the deceased person to establish not only parent/child relationships but also less-direct lineage including siblings and more extended family.
Fun Facts

  • DNA collection is simple
    • Swab the inside of each cheek using separate swabs
    • Allow time for sample to dry
    • Secure sample in properly-labelled bag
  • It’s primarily the job of the estate representatives to decide if deceased DNA collection is acceptable in the specific circumstances.
  • More funeral homes are starting to explain to families the many benefits of taking a DNA sample prior to burial.
  • When DNA isn’t collected prior to burial, you can pursue touch DNA testing. This involves the DNA left behind on personal belongings and typically costs more with less-reliable results.

Identifying Hereditary Health Conditions

Prior to final interment, it’s wise to consider DNA collection. Aside from its useful applications in inheritance, it can also help make the right connections to identify hereditary health conditions more quickly and efficiently. It’s becoming more common for lawyers to discuss DNA collection during consultations with clients drafting wills to instruct the funeral director to take such a sample.

If you’re facing a situation where deceased DNA matching could offer the answers you need, call Test Smartly Labs today to schedule an appointment with an experienced professional.