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I have legal custody of a child who recently lost both parents in a Wisconsin car accident. What are her rights and how will I know how to protect them?

As the physical and legal guardian of a child who was recently orphaned in a Wisconsin auto accident, you have a lot on your plate. It is suddenly your responsibility to help this child who has tragically lost her parents. The decisions that you make can affect the child for the rest of her life. While you deal with the day-to-day needs of the child, it is also important to think about her long-term needs, including her financial needs.

The first step in making sure that her legal rights are protected after the wrongful death of her parents is to talk to an experienced Wisconsin wrongful death attorney so that you understand the child’s legal rights. If her parents were killed because of someone else’s negligent or deliberate actions, then the administrators of each of her parent’s estates may be able to bring wrongful death actions that could benefit the child. A wrongful death action may allow each estate to recover for any funeral expenses, health care obtained prior to death, past and future lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and emotional suffering by the child and possibly others.

For more information, we encourage you to call our Milwaukee wrongful death lawyers today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We will do our best to help the child in your custody get the recovery that she deserves after the horrible loss that she has suffered.