Documents to Take to Your Attorney Consultation For Wrongful Death
When meeting with the SC wrongful death attorney for the first time, you should bring as many relevant documents as possible. Some of these documents will include:
1) An original death certificate. This is provided by the funeral home. If you can only obtain a copy, that is fine. The attorney will be able to order certified copies from SCDHEC at a later date.
2) A complete list of all immediate family members. This list should include spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, etc. and should include each person's full name, date of birth, addresses, and social security numbers if possible.
3) Let the attorney know if any autopsy was performed. If an autopsy was performed, the lawyer will order copies of the findings.
4) A complete list of all doctors who have treated the deceased in the past two years.
5) A copy of the deceased's will. If they had a will, make sure that you keep track of the original. This will be needed in order to open probate for their estate.
6) If there is no will, the name of whom you wish to be the Personal Representative for the estate.
7) Any medical records or bills related to the accident.
8) Any medical insurance cards and Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) from your health insurance providers. This includes private insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
9) If the deceased loved one was employed, bring copies of their tax returns and W-2 forms for the past three years, as well as pay stubs from the past year.
10) Bring any family members or witnesses who have knowledge or information about the accident that led to you loved one's unexpected death.
These documents will assist the wrongful death attorney in properly evaluating your case. They also allow the attorney to decide who is entitled to compensation and estimate what type of compensation is possible. Click here to read more on the compensation available to family of a person who was the victim of wrongful death. Or, to speak with an attorney immediately, call 1-888-690-0211 to set up a free case evaluation!