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6(1)Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) to (4), persons of the following classes (“relatives”) are entitled to receive notice under paragraph 5—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the donor's spouse or civil partner,

(b)the donor's children,

(c)the donor's parents,

(d)the donor's brothers and sisters, whether of the whole or half blood,

(e)the widow, widower or surviving civil partner of a child of the donor,

(f)the donor's grandchildren,

(g)the children of the donor's brothers and sisters of the whole blood,

(h)the children of the donor's brothers and sisters of the half blood,

(i)the donor's uncles and aunts of the whole blood,

(j)the children of the donor's uncles and aunts of the whole blood.

(2)A person is not entitled to receive notice under paragraph 5 if—

(a)his name or address is not known to the attorney and cannot be reasonably ascertained by him, or

(b)the attorney has reason to believe that he has not reached 18 or is mentally incapable.

(3)Except where sub-paragraph (4) applies—

(a)no more than 3 persons are entitled to receive notice under paragraph 5, and

(b)in determining the persons who are so entitled, persons falling within the class in sub-paragraph (1)(a) are to be preferred to persons falling within the class in sub-paragraph (1)(b), those falling within the class in sub-paragraph (1)(b) are to be preferred to those falling within the class in sub-paragraph (1)(c), and so on.

(4)Despite the limit of 3 specified in sub-paragraph (3), where—

(a)there is more than one person falling within any of classes (a) to (j) of sub-paragraph (1), and

(b)at least one of those persons would be entitled to receive notice under paragraph 5,

then, subject to sub-paragraph (2), all the persons falling within that class are entitled to receive notice under paragraph 5.

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