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Orchid utilizes a network of over 5000 collection sites worldwide.

Orchid Cellmark holds multiple accreditations from various organizations and adheres to the standards of each accrediting organization. Compliance by our laboratories to these accreditation requirements provides assurance to our clients that test results provided by Orchid Cellmark are of the highest quality. Clink on the links above to learn more about our accreditations.
Estate Testing

A DNA Estate test can be conducted on a post-mortem basis using either a stored DNA profile or a sample from the decedent, his personal possessions or known relatives. Such testing can usually determine if a person is or is not related to the decedent.


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. Orchid Cellmark 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 5000 specimen collection sites. In order to conduct a post-mortem DNA paternity, maternity or kinship test, 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, Orchid Cellmark facilitates the secure and timely shipment of all samples to our accredited DNA testing laboratory.

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

Orchid Cellmark 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.

We are ready to help, when you are ready to proceed…

Test Options

Heritage ID DNA Test
Heritage ID is a revolutionary way to protect an individual’s genetic information. Heritage ID testing can take place on an ante-mortem basis (i.e. before death) or on a post-mortem basis.

Paternity test
If a claim is made to the estate of a male by an alleged child, it may be necessary to test a sample from the deceased against the alleged offspring.

Kinship test
If a claim is made to the estate of either a male or female by someone other than a child, it may be necessary to conduct a DNA kinship test to ascertain if the alleged relationship is likely.

Blood or buccal swabs $210/person
Other than blood or buccal swabs $325

Credit Card, Check or Money Order
To provide our customers with easy and multiple methods of payment we accept the following credit cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard & Visa.

Other ways to pay include the mailing of a traditional check or money order.