Greetings from England, thank you all for your help and replies. When I refer to next of kin - I mean that my sister and I are the only nieces and family left belonging to my Aunt and as her cousins say they hold POA and Health Proxy and will not show us them - what I want to know is why can they exclude us from our aunt's life. They had less contact with her in her 90 odd years than we had only that they are American citizens and we are English citizens. Why all of a sudden, the friendship we had is gone and they will not show us the papers they said they had giving them POA and Health proxy. Surely if they were in order they would show us them. - Any information regarding our aunt's health has to come through them and why the sudden coolness with us. what does officialdom mean in US Law. Again thank you all so much.