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Why it is Important to Get a Lawyer After the Death of a Spouse

| Feb 12, 2021 | Firm News, Wrongful Death |

People who have lost a spouse or another close family member need to promptly know and protect their legal rights. Stephen P. Rapp of The Law Office of Stephen P. Rapp in Quincy, Illinois explains the important need to get prompt legal representation where a spouse or child has died in a crash or other accident.

Don’t let Grief and Sadness Prevent or Delay Prompt Legal Representation

Let’s face it, after the death of a spouse or family member, a funeral together with all the emotions, realization of the gravity of the loss, sometimes, the last thing a person wants to think about is hiring a lawyer. Don’t let these feelings prevent or delay you from getting prompt legal representation. Wrongful Death Claims can be very complex and a lawyer will take the burden of investigation and dealing with the insurance companies off your shoulders. Friends and family might try to tell you a lawyer is not necessary. Place your trust in an experienced lawyer who handles these types of claims. Contact the Law Office of Stephen P. Rapp promptly.

Don’t Let an Insurance Company Tell You You Don’t Need an Attorney

Our experience in handling death claims has produced one troubling general conclusion: Insurance Companies, even your own, may state or imply that you don’t need legal representation. This is so far from the truth as after suffering such a loss, you need someone to prepare and present claims for the loss of a loved one. Don’t think for one moment that insurance companies or adjusters really are concerned about your worries about paying bills or providing for your children after the death of a spouse. As strong as it sounds, one of the first things you should do after a funeral is to get a lawyer to help you protect you and your family. Estate work of some type will be necessary and these complex cases need to be handled by an experienced lawyer. This will allow you to focus on healing and taking care of yourself and your family.

If You Know the Driver Who Caused the Death of Your Spouse, Don’t Fail to Retain a Lawyer

Oftentimes, a person is a passenger in a friend’s car or killed due to the negligence of a driver that the family knows. This can be confusing and emotionally troubling as we have a tendency to want to “forgive” people we know. Remember, if you lose a spouse or a loved one, it will be insurance companies that must be fought. Your own insurance agent (not the claims department) might imply that they will help. The fact of the matter is that you need an independent lawyer who will represent the interests of you and your family. You don’t necessarily need to “sue” someone when a lawyer investigates, handles and processes a death claim. Don’t be talked out of getting a lawyer right away when a spouse or loved one is lost due to the negligence of another. Protect the future of your family, seek immediate advice from a lawyer. Evidence needs to be often preserved and a lawyer is in a keen position to do the things you may not be emotionally or physically able to accomplish.

Know and Protect your Legal Rights. By Stephen Patrick Rapp of the Law Office of Stephen P. Rapp, Quincy, Illinois, a firm concentrating in Personal Injury Law.