Who can bring a lawsuit on behalf of someone killed in a car accident?
Each jurisdiction has its own laws relating to who is the proper party to bring a wrongful death action on behalf of a loved one. Under Mississippi’s wrongful death statute, the rights typically lie first with the spouse and children of the deceased. If there is no spouse and no children of the deceased, then the right typically goes to the parent or siblings of that deceased person and on down the line. It’s important to find an attorney who’s familiar with this process as well as the process of opening an estate, handling potential creditors of the estate etc. as time goes on.
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