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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 month ago

Do family members have the right to know about a death of an estranged family member?

Say, his/her spouse is already dead or divorced from them. Family members include but not limited to: children, grandchildren, siblings, niblings, cousins, etc.

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  • 1 month ago
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    Yes, they do have the right to know.

  • L
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    ABSOLUTELY!  If a person is into Genealogy - then this is helpful information.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    This is a Family  and Relationships question.

    I don't think the family has the legal right to know about the death of an estranged member; but if the death involves an investigation by the police or the coroner's office, they will inform whomever they find is the next of kin.

    Otherwise, it would be a courtesy to inform the next of kin. It might be a legal responsibility, since the deceased may have left debts that devolve on the next of kin, or the deceased may have left a will that names members of the estranged family. There are also death duties to be paid by someone.

  • 1 month ago

    I think the general public should start considering the words they choose. In general people have very few "rights", which are different than "interests". One may have an "interest" in another's death, but no actual legal "right".

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  • 1 month ago

    If you're part of a family, you have a right to know about the death of anyone in the clan, even estranged members. It's called common courtesy.

  • 1 month ago

    Absolutely, why not? Its not a right. They may have many fond memories of that person. 

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Any 'right' in that sort of matter would depend on the law where the person died. Laws vary across the world, maybe in every state in the USA.

    And how would the message about the death be transmitted if the deceased had left no addresses, e-mails, etc among his/her paperwork?

  • Speed
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I'm pretty sure that in the US, there is no legal obligation that family members be informed of a death.

    But when a parent is estranged (and the other parent dead, or the two divorced), usually if their offspring is/are adult, the jurisdiction in which the death occurs seeks them as next of kin, if they know they exist. Police or social services will go through the person's home or possessions, looking for an address book, letters, photos with names, etc. Someone has to deal with the deceased person's possessions, bills, home, etc.

    If there are no kids, or if they're still children, law enforcement will seek siblings or parents.

    I doubt they'd try to find cousins, grandchildren, or others more distantly related.

    (What's a nibling?)

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Say, his/her spouse is already dead or divorced from them" someone already dead  wouldn't be able to be told and someone divorced is no longer a legal 'family member' so none of their business......   no one has any paricular 'rights' , if the person who died was isolating/isolated from their family the local authority attempts to find someone in their family to inform them and who will claim the body and take on the costs of burial/cremation if they don't the body is buried/cremated and changed to public funds

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not 'the right' - but it's good manners, considerate and reasonable to inform people who used to be a close family member when someone they knew has died.

  • 1 month ago

    They do not have a right to be informed.  But someone is usually listed as next of kin.  But the death can not be kept a secret either.

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