A wrongful, unplanned, death in the family can be devastating to individuals and families. The McKnight Law Firm does everything in our power to make the family as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. We can recommend grief counselors if needed. We dispatch all investigators and experts to secure crucial evidence early on while evidence is fresh, while allowing the family to focus on what’s most important, family and the process of grieving the loss of a loved one.The Probate Court has jurisdiction to deal with the estate of the deceased person. The McKnight Law Firm will assist the family in having a Personal Representative (PR) of the Estate appointed; and will assist will all document filings such as Inventories and Appraisals of Asset documents.
We identify all possible parties. A wrongful death can occur in many settings: the workplace, while driving, on a business premise, during recreation, during medical procedures, etc… A proper investigation ensures that all potentially liable parties are identified and included in the claims process.
Because wrongful death claims involve the most significant loss possible, many such claims are resolved only after the filing of a lawsuit against the potentially liable parties. During the process of “discovery,” the McKnight Law Firm is able to use litigation tools of subpoenas, Requests for Production and Interrogators (written questions), and oral depositions (under oath statements before a court reporter), to learn more about the circumstances underlying an event that lead to a person’s untimely death. However, there are some cases that for various reasons, resolve without the filing of a lawsuit. All cases are different.