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Thread: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Objection to what?

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    If the adult child has his own family (spouse, kids) then obviously not as suit money should go to them.
    If the parents took care of the adult child (handicapped, special needs, etc.) then yes.
    If the parents were the only survivors of the dead adult child, then yes.

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    If the adult child has his own family (spouse, kids) then obviously not as suit money should go to them.
    If the parents took care of the adult child (handicapped, special needs, etc.) then yes.
    If the parents were the only survivors of the dead adult child, then yes.
    I have to ask: Why?
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I have to ask: Why?
    Then they would be his next of kin.

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Then they would be his next of kin.
    Why would 'next of kin' qualify? Next of kin could be a cousin, as far as that goes.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Is there some specific case in which this question has come up? It's hard to say what the legal rule should be in the absence of facts.

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Why would 'next of kin' qualify? Next of kin could be a cousin, as far as that goes.
    Wait - qualify for what?

    Of course next of kin could be a cousin if that's all you have left in the world.

    Are you going someplace here?

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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    The next of kin would not be liable for bills and unpaid loans. The estate would, but not any relatives. Unless they co-signed, but that's another matter as they consciously agreed to pay in the event the primary borrower could not. Contrary to popular belief, estate money is NOT the property of any heirs unless and until all estate obligations are paid (or forgiven) first.

    If there is no money in the estate, the bills die with the borrower.
    If next of kin are distributees they would see their share of the estate is potentially impacted, though on the other hand the estate should probably be the one bringing the suit.

    I don't know what the law is as far as who has standing in a wrongful death suit but I think it sensible that it be restricted to next of kin. If that's the parents so be it.
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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Why would 'next of kin' qualify? Next of kin could be a cousin, as far as that goes.
    If there's a civil wrong then the wrong doer needs to be held accountable. If not next of kin then who?
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    Re: Should parents have legal standing and the ability to sue for damages...

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Wait - qualify for what?

    Of course next of kin could be a cousin if that's all you have left in the world.

    Are you going someplace here?
    Most people would agree that a cousin would/should not have legal standing to sue for the wrongful death of an unmarried 35 yr old adult even if they are the next of kin. If so, why should parents be different? Is the 35 yr old adult not a separate entity unto them self?


    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    If there's a civil wrong then the wrong doer needs to be held accountable. If not next of kin then who?
    Why does it have to be anybody? If a law was broken then the wrong doer would/should be held accountable criminally. Civil wrong doings are far more nebulous.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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