The Probate Court's role in a wrongful death situation is at the beginning and end of the process.
If a person dies as a result of the negligent conduct or wrongful acts of another, the responsible person can be sued in court for damages.
A court appointed person known as the Executor or Administrator of the estate of the deceased person is legally authorized to commence a legal action against the wrongdoer for damages for the loss occasioned by the victim's death.
Once the legal action commenced by the executor or administrator has been determined, any money damages received must be disbursed to the family members. This disbursement must be approved by the Probate Court.
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