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What rights does a dead body have? Can crimes be committed against one?

Say Nate the nutcase happens to find a dead body on the road. Being a nutcase, he takes the dead body, and does a bunch of "weird stuff" stuff to it (e.g. satanic rituals, maybe necrophilia, ...
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Can lawyers perform actions for the sole purpose of delay if the client is facing the death penalty?

This answer contains the remark: Lawyers are also officers of the court and are specifically prohibited from taking actions in litigation with the sole purpose of delay. (The analysis would be ...
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How to handle backyard pet burials at home sale?

Lots of families bury their pets in their backyard during their time living at a house. Often burial is shallow because it's difficult to dig deep graves for the average person. At some point, the ...
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If a person knows they are going to die imminently, but owe money, can they take out the remainder of their savings as transfers to heirs while alive?

EG maybe you have cancer and two days to live, could you go to the bank, withdrawal all your savings, regardless of anything you owe, and then just give them to your heirs now while still alive given ...
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Dog fatally attacks burglar. Is owner guily of anything?

A person owns a large, potentially dangerous dog breed such as the XL Bully, which was recently restricted in the UK. It is owned legally; the dog is registered, neutered, and all safety requirements ...
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What happens to my software licenses when I die?

If I die, my computer or phone will pass to my estate, and then to my heirs according to my will. What happens to the licenses I held that authorized using the software installed on those devices? ...
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Could cryonics "resurrections" be enforced?

Cryonics is the practice of freezing a newly-dead body, for a fee, in hopes that death can be reversed and the terminal disease cured in the future. Whatever the medical improbability, let's imagine ...
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AZ LAWYERS - Court Order For Death Certificate

My ex-husband passed away, and in our divorce decree I was awarded a portion of his pension. I need a copy of his death certificate for the company servicing the pension. I sent a copy of the divorce ...
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May we recieve a compensation payment after the victim has died? [closed]

In mid-October, my mother received a notice saying that my father was eligible for compensation (in the neighborhood of $1000) as part of an enforcement action related to the case of USA v. Epsilon/...
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Is there an enforced death penalty in effect for homosexuality in Somalia?

According to the info graphic, Somalia has an enforced death penalty in effect for homosexuality. Is this truly the case, and how much is it actually enforced?
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Is it legal to take pictures of corpses?

Is it illegal to take pictures of corpses in California for non first-responders, considering the existence of bill AB-2655 that prohibits first responders from taking pictures of corpses outside of ...
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Can a public copyright license take effect upon the author's death?

If I understand correctly, it is possible to release copyrighted works under a public license (such as an open-source software license) upon one's death by stating this in a will. Can it be done ...
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Deceased spouse still on bank account

If one leaves deceased spouse on joint bank account, what happens? If one leaves deceased spouse on home deed, what happens? Note, Soc Sec has been provided with copy of death certificate. Accounts ...
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Naming Estate Accounts

Joe Smith (a fictional person) dies with several brokerage accounts and a living revocable trust. The trust has several brokerage accounts also. The name of the trust is Smith Living Trust. Now, ...
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Are wills that easily contested?

I've seen multiple situations in TV shows, fictional and nonfictional, where wills or other expressions of post-mortem wishes have been contested for reasons that seemed trivial. One was a man who ...
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What is meant by "make declaration of brain stem death mandatory for every hospital"?

I am an activist working for organ donation popularization in India, a country with a dismally low rate (0.5 per million). Apart from working for deceased donation, I had also offered my own organs as ...
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Millions of people suddenly disappear without a trace. Legally speaking, are they dead?

Millions of people around the world provably and literally vanish at exactly the same moment. Their bodies simply no longer exist instantaneously. In many cases, this is witnessed, quite often by ...
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Are there any contract/law-based incentives for someone on their death-bed to obey the law?

Walter is told that he has 1 week to live. So he goes on his twitter profile, and posts the KFC secret formula, airs all the dirty laundry of his boss, etc.. Basically, he breaks every last NDA he was ...
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How can a finding of suicide (on the death certificate) by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner be legally contested in the City of New York?

Inspired by some real-life case, what is the legal procedure by which a finding of suicide by Office of Chief Medical Examiner can be contested in New York City? An article authored by some Centers ...
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What compensation can be claimed in case of a road accident resulting death in Denmark?

The victim was on the way to work in a cycle, travelling in the cycle lane when got hit by a truck and died immediately. What compensation would the family be entitled to and claim (either from ...
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How are payouts determined in civil suits?

This is a United States question. Let's say that an airbag manufacturer makes deadly airbags (Takata) because of gross incompetence, and someone gets killed because of them. Who's entitled to ...
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Is it legal to be buried in your yard?

Is it legal to request your relatives to burry you in your yard, if you don't want or you can't afford a grave at a public cemetery(and you don't want to be incinerated)?
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Execution via pardon

Let’s say in this hypothetical scenario the president of the United States tweets something like “don’t be surprised if I pardon anyone that puts to death repeat heroin and fentanyl dealers dealing in ...
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What capital offences were repealed in Canada as of 2022?

In Canada, what offences specified death as a possible punishment but were repealed while death was still specified as a penalty? Or are there none? Specifically, I want to know the set S (which could ...
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What offences are punishable by death in Canada in 2022?

Summary It is possible to charge with, convict of, and sentence for serious offences at any time, even 120 years later. The punishment is determined by checking the punishment at two points in time: ...
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Can they legally falsify paternity on an obituary?

My boyfriends daughter died. He is her legal father and by blood, he is on the birth certificate. As well as paternity established. Her mother did the obituary and listed her boyfriend the father/...
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Are Software Developers Responsible for Deaths Because of the Developed System?

I want to learn some responsibilities of software developers. For example, if I am coding on self driving cars's systems and one day the car causes the death of someone who is responsible of that? Am ...
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Did Texas and other US states actually execute people with intellectual disabilities just because they were disabled?

I have many times heard how Southern US states used to (or maybe still do) execute retarded/mentally challenged people. I always thought that this sounded crazy, because I assumed that they did this ...
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Removing deceased spouse from mortgage - TX | USA

A couple years ago, the lender on my mortgage approached me about refinancing the house to lower my payment, but my wife passed away several years ago. Being in our early 30s, and poor as could be, a ...
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Disappeared without a trace -- the flip side of the issue

We just had a question about how people are declared dead when they disappear without a trace. That got me thinking about the reverse situation: Someone leaves behind a power of attorney and says &...
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What happens if someone dies without a trace?

So normally the police or hospital is called and people get a death certificate. If someone disappears with no report, what happens? Is a death certificate ever issued?
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Is there a (legal) problem with publishing a claim that a dead person said or believed something they didn't?

I just discovered a book called "The Secret Behind 'The Rape of Nanking': A Spiritual Confession by Iris Chang" by Ryuho Okawa. A small bit of background: Iris Chang's impressive and well-...
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What are the legal ramifications of a legally dead person turning up alive?

Context: I am writing an urban fantasy story in which a man dies, is declared dead, and comes back to life via supernatural means on the autopsy table. The existence of the supernatural is not common ...
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Legal Obligations of the Designated Next of Kin – The Deceased Lived Overseas

I find myself in the position of Next of Kin to handle the arrangements for my estranged father. He passed away in a South East Asian Country where he was a permanent resident. I was contacted by the ...
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My brother died while being sued on my auto insurance policy - will I be liable? [closed]

My brother was involved in a car accident while being a registered driver on my insurance policy. The car in the wreck was in my name. The other driver involved in the accident filed a lawsuit ...
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Are causes of death public information?

CNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles was something of a celebrity, but her cause of death (a month after her first vaccine dose) remains undisclosed, which led to some speculation online. I ...
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What is the point of adding a few years of probation to a death sentence?

I read (mirror): A total of 44 Japanese drug-related criminals were arrested by China in 2014, 33 of which have been given corresponding sentences, five people were executed, and six were given death ...
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How do you find out what a dead relative's social security number was?

I feel somewhat self-conscious about asking this question, since scam-artists are often interested obtaining social security numbers. However, my mother died. I am unable to get a death certificate ...
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In the state of Arizona, how do funeral homes create a new death certificate and register it?

My question pertains to law in the United States. My mother died 2 months ago. The police came and took her body away. The medical examiner's office did an autopsy, etc... I have paid the state of ...
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In Arizona, if someone dies, are survivors legally obligated to post a public notice in a local newspaper?

My question pertains to law in the United States. My mother died in the state of Arizona. Some places, the executor of the estate (or someone else) is legally obligated to publish a death notice in a ...
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What will happen if a legally dead but actually living person commits a crime after they are declared legally dead?

What will happen if a legally dead but actually living person commits a crime after they are declared legally dead? I wonder whether they will have a normal or posthumous trial. Or will they be tried ...
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Is the new co-owner of property liable for its debt?

I co-own some rental property. My co-owner, who managed all the financials of the property (taking in rent and paying expenses) recently died. I haven't seen the deed, and his widow can't find it, but ...
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What happens to my contract in the event of a death

I contracted a website development company (Company X) to design a brand new website for me from scratch. After an email conversation, we agreed on a price and that included a year's worth of free ...
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How can I get back my dead mother's ring, which I gave to a family friend?

My mother has been dead for a couple of years now and upon her death I received her butterfly ring and her ashes. I had given her ring to a family friend who was like a mother to mine, but ...
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Death of one of two tenant parties during notice period

Scenario Two parties A, B sign a rental contract in Germany. Only party A lives there, party B merely cosigns the contract, but neither makes any payments nor lives in the propery. Party B adopted ...
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Has a prisoner ever been sentenced to death for murder (or other actions) while incarcerated?

This is inspired by discussions around the game Prison Architect. A lot of players find themselves frustrated with certain prisoners and wanting to have them transferred to death row. Has this ever ...
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Update a dead person's situation in Italy - Who can do it?

My great-grandfather was born in Italy and emmigrated from there when he was 16 years old. He married and died in Brazil, and his daughter (also born in Brazil) is my grandmother. To obtain an Italian ...
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Can I leave my friend my body if I die

So when I die I want my friend to keep my body parts in a jars and maybe make a mask out of my face or some thing like that. Can I do that? I’m only 17 so idk if my parents would have a say or if a ...
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How do I demonstrate a legal right or claim to my great-grandfathers death certificate?

Jurisdiction: New York State (Broome County) I am trying to obtain a copy of my great-grandfather's death certificate (died 1951 in Broome County NY) in support of a dual citizenship application. ...
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After death what are the requirements of a next of kin?

After death what are the requirements of a next of kin? For example after my parents die can I say "I'm not touching that with a ten foot pole"? (Not that I would.) I live in Indiana.
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