Lithonia, GA asked in Wrongful Death for Georgia

Q: If my children father died wrongfully and the mother of the decent filed a lawsuit, do i have to be involved in it?

I have two children from a past bad relationship. Me and my children got away from this relationship in 2007. We started a new and better life and didnt have much to do with the decent. 2 years ago my childrens father died in his apartment from a fire. The mother of the decent filed a lawsuit. There was no financial relations between the decent and my children. We were not involved in his life. We had our own life and had nothing to do with his. What are my legal rights if i dont want myself or my children involved in any lawsuit? I didnt file the lawsuit. I have two children but dont have any interest in any lawsuit. What are my legal rights if i dont want any involvement with this?

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Robert W. Hughes Jr.
Robert W. Hughes Jr.
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: if you die wrongfully in Georgia, the surviving spouse of the deceased person has a right to file a claim for the wrongful death. If she recovers anything. she is required to share the recovery with the deceased's children. The children will get 2/3 of the recovery and the spouse will get 1/3 of the money. You should hire a lawyer to make sure your children who are his children share in the recovery.

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