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Who is entitled to shares of a Michigan wrongful death settlement?

A Michigan wrongful death lawsuit is governed by a statute (Michigan Wrongful Death Statute) that controls every aspect of the case, including how the settlement funds are distributed to the family members that survived the deceased.  Some of the people entitled to the shares will include the deceased’s spouse, children, descendants, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and if none of these persons survive the deceased, then those person to whom the estate of the deceased would pass under the laws of interstate succession determined as the date of death of the deceased. However, each lawsuit is different and the procedure and applicable law depends on various facts.

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