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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Faking your own death for taunting purposes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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(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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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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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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