Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Generally, wrongful death claims are governed by probate court in Ohio and the administrator of the estate is the person who has the authority to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit. If there was no will, the surviving spouse if alive and/or the next of kin of the person who died have the rights to hire a lawyer and pursue a claim. If you have a valid wrongful death claim, our lawyers can either open the probate case so the case can be filed, or direct you as to the most efficient manner in getting the estate opened.