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Is it possible to enter a work into public domain by transfering copyright to a dead person?

If I were to find a dead Canadian, who is deceased long enough that all copyrights they hold have expired, and if this person has no heirs, and if this person has no departing legal requests regarding ...
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People have said that the FBI couldn’t raid Epstein’s Island before his “death”

The FBI apparently did not raid Epstein’s property on Little St. James in the Virgin Islands until yesterday. Is this because now that he is dead, Epstein’s lawyers cannot make motions to block search ...
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GDPR rights when subject dies; does family inherit subject rights?

Under the GDPR, anyone can make a subject access request or ask for their personal data to be erased (within limits etc.). What if the subject is deceased? Does the widow/widower or do the children ...
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How do I die without the funeral industry benefiting in any way?

I happen to have fairly strong ethical opinions about the funeral industry. How do I die and deny them any profit from my death? Bonus points for actually causing a net loss. I live in the US, so at ...
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Writing an easy-to-change will

Let’s take the following example: Alice is a web developer and she is in her 20s. She owns a business and some properties, bank accounts, Cryptocurrency wallets etc. She wants to write her will so, ...
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Death caused by (possible) oversight by doctor. What recourse is there?

Let's say we have a guy named Jack (Jack is definitely not a pseudonym for me, I swear). Jack is young and healthy, and was happily married to his equally young and healthy wife until recently. Then ...
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How can my company become an executor for social media account removal in the event of a death?

I'm starting a business with a friend where we plan to automate the process of closing social media accounts, bank accounts, etc. on behalf of deceased individuals. Looking into this further, some of ...
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What are the rights of an estate when a tenant dies in a rental unit?

My uncle died in January. He was renting an apartment month-to-month in Ohio. We are in the process of cleaning out his belongings from his apartment. There will be an estate sale of the majority of ...
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Self defense during execution

Let's say someone has been sentenced to death and is about to be killed by lethal injection. While they are being brought into the execution room, they manage to escape the grip of the prison guards ...
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Having a body exhumed and reburied elsewhere

My mother was buried by her husband (second marriage) in a military graveyard in the state of Florida in 2016. The cemetery was counter to her (verbal) wishes and we, her children, would never have ...
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In which countries does the body of the dead become property of someone?

It's been claimed on politics SE that the body of the dead becomes the property of his family. No country was specified, but is there really a country where this happens?
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How does the US legal system treat car accidents with pedestrian casualties?

2 years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a guy was driving 105 km/h (max allowed 60) through red light and killed two teenage girls on crosswalk. He didn't even bother to stop. Instead, he called his ...
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In Washington state, what can beneficiaries of a will do if the executor does not notify them?

My aunt died six months ago. She was married and without children. In hospice care she said she had left things behind for her brothers and sisters in her will. Also during this time, her surviving ...
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Who can legally sign an easement in the event of the death of the land owner?

I own property in Snohomish County, Washington, United States (MY PROPERTY) that requires use of a driveway on a neighbor's property (NEIGHBORING PROPERTY) for access. The owner of NEIGHBORING ...
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New York funeral arrangements

My uncle passed away last week. His next of kin lives out of state. Can someone else make the funeral arrangements but still have the next of kin take care of all the legal responsibility?
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Is being dead considered a valid alibi?

If someone would legally be considered DEAD for a period of time¹ and during that period of time they would commit an illegal act, in the UK, could they, during a lawsuit, claim to be innocent because ...
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Does a property given to a spouse in a first marriage still get shared in a death after a second mariage?

Does a property given to a spouse in a first marriage still get shared after a death in the second marriage that was out of community of property with accruals? Backstory A husband was married to ...
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What charges would a driver face after an unrestrained child dies in a car crash?

Suppose a person was driving a car in Australia with an unrestrained child. An unavoidable crash occurs where there are no other vehicles involved, and the child dies as a result. With what crimes ...
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Can I legally dictate the disposal of my body after death?

Is there a legal document that can prevent my body from turning over to my family after my death? When I talk to my family they say my thoughts don't matter. Their ceremonies will defile both my body ...
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Can a business' more specific form contract show that a previous contract's terms were ambiguous or that there was no meeting of the minds?

A Hypothetical Situation: An individual lives in an assisted living / nursing facility and dies on January 4. The monthly fee has already been paid, as it is due by that day. The individual's family ...
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Who has responsibility for tax records after the death of a tax preparation professional?

My girlfriend's grandmother recently passed away. She ran a tax preparation and accounting business out of her home. She was in possession of decades worth of tax forms (returns, etc.) and similar ...
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What can person A not authorize person B to do which A can do on their own?

In the US, there are many things a person has the right to do. Regarding these things, what actions are legal for person A to do but which would be illegal for person B to do even if formally ...
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Can an illegal immigrant be buried in the United States of America by relatives?

I have heard it said that an illegal immigrant cannot be buried in the United States. That makes no sense: if an unlucky illegal immigrant with no family is killed, I am sure the Government would ...
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(How) Can Person A grant immunity to Person B for ending Person A's life?

In the US, some states are "death with dignity" states. In such a state, suppose resident A wants to die earlier than allowed by that state law, and perhaps even before A becomes terminally ill. ...
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Do I inherit some portion of property if there's no will?

My mother passed away without a will a month ago. She owned a house with my stepdad in Albany, NY. He still lives there. I live in FL. What portion of the estate value do I get as a result?
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What ways are there to put pressure on the assurance delaying payments of death benefits?

How can I put negotiation pressure on the UK assurance company to persuade them to pay death benefits to the entitled widow, that they have been delaying for over 3 years from the death of her husband?...
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Who would be responsible for the child's death in this short story?

There is a polish short story ("Z pamiętnika poznańskiego nauczyciela"), where basically there is a child named Mike. His mother sent him to school in another city under supervision of a private ...
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Company delaying paying death benefits: How long is reasonable to wait?

How long is it reasonable to wait for an assurance company to pay death benefits to the spouse, after her husband died? The assurance company in question is taking over 4 years, claiming they are ...
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Does Death terminate a lease in Florida?

If I sign a lease for 12 months and die in month 7 from an unexpected car crash, is my estate responsible for closing out my residential lease in the manner defined by the contract (advance notice of ...
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AND Logic: recovery of rental property

CONTEXT A tenant in Florida passes away. Based on this attorney's evaluation In this instance, Florida law prevents a landlord from recovering possession of the rental unit except when the last ...
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Certificate that person is living with a dead man, is there any analogue in US?

There is a certificate in the Russian bureaucratic system that is literally called: Certificate that a person is currently living with a dead man The reason for that is that a dead man is still ...
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What is the 'go' point for organ donation from a registered organ donor?

Assuming a patient is a registered organ donor, at what point their organs can be legally transplanted? Brain death? Clinical death?
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Is spousal immunity affected if one spouse dies?

Disclaimer: I'm a writer trying to figure something out for a story I'm working on, so forgive me if I sound totally insane. Okay. Spousal privilege/immunity. Protects someone from having to testify ...
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Is there any way to find out if a deceased person owns properties across the United States?

My wife and her two siblings had an absentee father who recently died of cancer. He left their mom for another woman about 12 years ago when they were all still children. They hadn't heard much from ...
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Would a one-way ticket to Mars be legal?

Would a ticket or employment contract involving a one-way trip to Mars, with the full knowledge that the astronaut will die on the Red Planet (if not before), be legal under US law? Or would it run ...
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If somebody dies in my house, should I plan to be staying at a hotel?

In the event that somebody dies at my house, is it going to turn into a crime scene? I am thinking here of situations like George Michael's death, where somebody just dies, but there is no obvious ...
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Can bones be willed to a family member after death?

Suppose I wish to leave some or all of my bones to a loved one after my demise (properly cleaned and bleached), or have a loved one leave me bones, is that something I am able to legally do (assuming ...
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Faking your own death for the purpose of sarcasm

Suppose you cause it to be falsely reported that you have died, and your purpose is only to see your enemies gloating over your demise at your funeral and then being disappointed to learn that you are ...
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Could I have my rotting corpse displayed in a long term art exhibit?

Would my family face significant legal restrictions in trying to fulfill my last wish? My body would be on private property in Kentucky.