Crete, IL asked in Wrongful Death for Illinois

Q: My grandmother filed a negligence lawsuit against a hospital on behalf of my uncle who died there.

her lawyer instructed her to notify the family about the case. She (nor I for that matter) understands why she had to notify the rest of the family unless they have right to be included in the lawsuit as well. Is family inclusion protocol or entitled to something?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Usually, it's only the immediate family that inherits, but most states have rules stating that relatives of a certain degree oiut from the nuclear family need to be notified as there may be circumstances where they might inherit if there is no will.

She should talk to the lawyer about what to tell the relatives, get the full names and contact information for each, give it to the lawyer.

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