Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is a tragic blow that is exceptionally difficult to surmount. While a wrongful death settlement can’t return your lost relative to you, it can help you on your journey toward recovery. If someone else’s negligence causes your loved one to lose his or her life, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Blakely wrongful death lawyer in your corner.
Georgia law determines how wrongful death settlements will be distributed if the decedent has no will. The outline of the state’s distribution of wrongful death settlements include:
- If a spouse and no more than two children survive the decedent, they will share the settlement equally between them.
- If a spouse and more than two children survive the decedent, the children will divide two thirds of the settlement between them, and the spouse will receive the other third.
- If the decedent has a surviving spouse but no surviving children, the entire settlement belongs to the spouse.
- If the decedent has no surviving spouse but children do survive him or her, the settlement will be distributed equally between the children.
You Need an Experienced South Georgia Wrongful Death Attorney on Your Side
Rob McLendon at The McLendon Law Firm in Blakely is a practiced wrongful death attorney who has the experience and fortitude to help ensure that your wrongful death settlement is distributed appropriately and in accordance with your loved one’s wishes. To learn more, please don’t wait call us at 877-ROB-WINS today.
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Is a wrongful death claim exactly like a personal injury claim?
Wrongful death claims are like an extension of a personal injury claim – in which the injured party succumbs to the injuries sustained.
What if the decedent has no surviving spouse or children?
In Georgia, a wrongful death settlement will be distributed to the decedent’s parents if he or she has no surviving spouse or children.
What if the decedent has no surviving parents?
The decedent’s wrongful death settlement will be distributed to his or her estate, and from there, it will be distributed according to his or her will or in accordance with Georgia law.