Our firm’s co-founder, Terry Bennett, once said, “The train of life is full of joy, sorrow, grief, happiness, and all sorts of other human emotions that we experience along this great railway. We never know at which station we’ll step down off it.”
While you can’t live well constantly worried about a series of “what ifs,” you can certainly make plans that take a few of them into account—just in case.
At Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey, we understand that when tragedy strikes, you have to not only depend on some of the systems you’ve put into place, but also on a team of trusted, compassionate advisors that can help you navigate through the hard times and move on to the next station. We strive to provide the right combination of service and support you need during times of uncertainty.
What to Know About Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Kentucky
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It’s the one phone call you never want to receive: a person you love has passed away, and it’s possible their death was caused by someone’s negligence, misconduct, or wrongful act. The “someone” in this context might be an individual, a company, or an organization. If your loved one recently died as a result of an accident caused by another party’s negligence, your family may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages.
Certain situations may warrant an investigation that proves responsibility for a wrongful death claim. They include, but aren’t limited to:
- Car Accidents. The driver may be negligent or reckless, causing a fatal crash.
- Unsafe Public Place. If a property owner fails to maintain a safe environment for visitors, they may be liable for accidents that occur there.
- Defective products. The manufacturer of an appliance, tool, substance, or medication could be held responsible for a wrongful death.
- Criminal behavior. Whether the death is intentional or not, it may have happened as the result of a criminal act.
In your time of grief, maneuvering through a complex legal system is the last thing you want to do. But if you’re concerned about the circumstances of your loved one’s death, we assure you there’s no need to go through this trying time alone. Our skilled legal team will provide you with thoughtful and understanding guidance.
Planning Ahead for the “What-Ifs”
Some people believe that an estate plan is only necessary if you become incapacitated or pass away. There’s some truth to that—after all, you don’t want your family to be caught off guard when there are many essential tools you can use to provide for their future. So, of course, you want to have an updated will and testament and other critical documents in place.
However, working with an estate planning attorney allows you to consider all the potential “what-ifs”. Then, if something unexpected happens, you and your loved ones are protected with directives that outline exactly how things are supposed to be.
For example, a power of attorney document covers a wide range of issues. While it’s most commonly used to grant another party authority over your health care and finances, it can also allow for their ability to handle other types of transactions on your behalf or manage a rental property while you’re out of the country or otherwise unable to do so.
A detailed estate plan lays the groundwork to address any number of scenarios, and then establish solutions you can count on. At Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Humphrey, we believe in planning for the best but preparing for the worst. There’s not much you can do to prevent the unexpected, but you can take the necessary legal actions so that if the worst happens, your wishes are known, and your family and assets are protected.
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