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Wrongful Death & Probate Attorney in Fort Myers

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Wrongful death lawsuits are unique personal injury claims that are generally created on behalf of the decedent’s estate, rather than by or for a particular individual. If the case is successful, any monetary awards collected will likely be distributed throughout the estate. If your loved one passed away due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. can help you create a wrongful death lawsuit that pursues fair and maximized compensation.

Consider some of the accolades that makes our law firm stand out:

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Court-Appointed Personal Representatives

After someone passes away and a third-party contributed or caused their death in some way, the court will briefly review their estate plan to determine if a personal representative has been named already. If not, the court will appoint one based on its own set of rules. This personal representative can sue the liable party on behalf of the estate, even if they normally had no viable claim to the estate’s assets, either through lack of relation or not being named in wills or trusts.

Compensation & Distribution

In a probate-based wrongful death lawsuit, the main objective is to collect compensation for the loss of companionship and emotional grieving caused by the unexpected death of a loved one. If the case is successful, the reward is distributed according to Florida state law, and only among certain heirs. People who receive wrongful death compensation may not necessarily gain other inheritances, and vice versa.

Other forms of compensation that may be cited in a wrongful death lawsuit are:

  • Funeral costs
  • Burial & preparation fees
  • Lost wages that would have been earned
  • Final hospitalization bills

Get to the Bottom of Your Wrongful Death Case Today

Do not put off something as important as creating a wrongful death case for a decedent and their estate. If too much time passes – generally just two years in Florida – you will not be able to make a claim at all. Our Fort Myers wrongful death lawyers invite you to turn to us for the legal guidance and moral support you need to navigate this difficult time.

Contact us online and we can discuss the details of your case in a free case analysis.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • 65 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español