@Daniel Hill Starr
It would appear that your are asking the 'Question' in relation the "Temple" Work ... regarding "Permission Required".
IF, such is the case; THEN, ...
IF, one CANNOT find the nearest "Living" Relative(s), for those who fall within the 110 Year Rule; THEN, one CANNOT "Request" to "Reserve"; and, thus, cannot do, the Work.
It is as simple as that ...
Such is life ...
well I guess you would ask the family who it is who is the closest relative . . .
but if that isnt one of your options - - then I guess you just have to wait . . .
the general assumption generally is . . if you are doing the work. . then you would be part of the close general family and would know - or would at least have contact with someone who would know.
Okay that's good to know, thank you.