If I reincarnate and civil damages persist, does the expected future value become infinite? Or is there a way to deal with this.

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    Reincarnation is not recognized in any body of law I am aware of. Civil damages can not persist past their Statute of Limitation. Most statute of limitations for civil cases are below 10 years, safe for a few charges all unlimited SoL things involve homicides in some variant or another
    – Trish
    Sep 17, 2020 at 8:51
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    Reincarnation is a religious belief with no legal implications.
    – Dale M
    Sep 17, 2020 at 8:57
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    @DaleM The OP's question was improperly closed. The fact that a question is premised on a non-sequitur does not imply that the question itself is off-topic. Sep 17, 2020 at 9:17
  • Brought up in Law Meta. Sep 17, 2020 at 11:46
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    You might want to expand on the concept and ask on Worldbuikding SE.
    – Dale M
    Sep 17, 2020 at 12:29

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Your hypothetical is a non-sequitur, whence it is not amenable to legal remedies.

Legislation does not contemplate the notion or possibility of [natural person's] reincarnation. Or at least you don't point to a specific legal system where the concept of reincarnation is admissible.

Even if a legal system acknowledged the concept of reincarnation, one ought to look at that system's doctrines to ascertain the meaning, purpose, and process of reincarnation. For instance, consider a legal system premised on the idea that the purpose reincarnation is a do-over that frees the individual from the burden of his experiences from previous lives. In that legal system, adjudging and enforcing any "persisting" damages would contravene that purpose because the process inevitably prompts that individual to wrap his head around matters that are supposed to be wiped from his memory and emotions.

In many situations, the notion of "persisting" damages itself is a non-sequitur even in a hypothetical legal system that acknowledges reincarnation. Consider a claim for "pain and suffering" inflicted in a previous life (for instance, because the defendant trampled on the victim). That claim would have to be re-evaluated because (1) most likely that pain and suffering vanished ever since, or perhaps before, that victim's prior incarnation ended; and (2) the matter would absurdly defeat the aforementioned purpose of reincarnation.