Must a settlement in a wrongful death case be shared with all relatives?

Settlements in wrongful death cases always go to the estate of the person who died, so an estate then disperses the money to whoever the takers are, and the takers … That depends if the person had a will. That’s going to play a factor … Probably be controlling. If the person didn’t have a will, then we go by the probate code, so to the spouse first, if no spouse, children, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Does it have to be shared with all relatives? Heck no, it doesn’t have to be shared with all relatives. Is it going to be shared with some relatives first? Well, yes, of course. I mean, that’s just common sense. The details of it depends on the will, depends on the probate code, but not every member of the family is going to get to share in that.

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