My loved one has died as the result of negligence, how do I get authorized to bring a lawsuit on their behalf?
A: In Florida, the only person who is authorized to bring a wrongful death lawsuit is the Personal Representative of the deceased person’s estate. If the deceased had a will, he or she will likely have nominated a personal representative. Look to the will to determine the deceased wishes. If the person dies without a will, any person over the age of 18 can act as Personal Representative. If a family member agrees to act in this capacity, then costs associated with hiring a professional can be avoided. Once a Personal Representative has been selected, contact an attorney who practices in the area of estates to set up an estate.